In Picture Wafula Buke with former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa at Orange house where Buke announced his take over in acting capacity.
ODM has disowned an earlier announcement by human rights activist Wafula Buke declaring himself the new Executive Director of the party.
Secretary General Anyangâ€™ Nyongâ€™o stated that Magerer Langat is still ODMâ€™s executive director.
â€œMr. Wafula Buke’s public announcement today has no bearing on decisions made by the party and he will be dealt with accordingly,â€ said Nyongâ€™o, in a statement sent just a few hours after Bukeâ€™s announcement at a press conference on Wednesday.
Buke who has been the Director for Political Affairs and Strategy, said he is taking over in acting capacity. He told a press conference at Orange House Wednesday that there is now no leadership vacuum at the party.
Buke said he has the blessing of party leader Raila Odinga. “Call him right now, you will be surprised by what he will tell you. He is fully aware,” he said.
Buke said all four directors have endorsed him, but during the meeting, only two, Rosemary Kariuki and Phil Etale, were present but the later distanced himself from the take over.
Nyongâ€™o however said Magerer who is currently scheduled to appear before the partyâ€™s disciplinary committee as constituted by the partyâ€™s National Executive Council on Tuesday is still the executive director.
â€œAny public announcement by any unauthorized person to the contrary will attract appropriate disciplinary action,â€ Nyongâ€™o added.
The embattled Magerer had on Thursday been forcibly ejected from a meeting at Orange House by a group of Nairobi MCAâ€™s . The group stormed the meeting, roughed him up and ejected him as Raila, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and MPs looked on in disbelief.
They accused Magerer, a former assistant minister, of being a Jubilee mole leaking secrets to parties in competition with ODM and working against the party’s interests.
ODM on Tuesday ordered ten Nairobi MCAs who attacked the executive director to pay the party a collective fine of Sh100,000.
The decision was made during a meeting by the NEC which also formed a committee to look into the allegations against Magerer and circumstances that led to his forcible ejection from the meeting.