Wiper Party Leader and CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka has been hosting delegations of ‘rebel’ MPs of ODM Party from Luo Nyanza, Kenya Today can now reveal.
The meetings are being spearheaded by Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and has seen Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura, Ndhiwa MP Agostino Neto, Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Rangwe MP George Oner, Uriri MP John Kobado and Nyatike’s Omondi Anyanga hold secret consultative meetings with the Wiper Leader.
A source privy to the goings on told Kenya Today the MPs are convinced ODM Party will most likely deny them tickets in 2017 and are gearing for the ‘alternative party within CORD’ to make their comebacks on. Competition for ODM tickets is set to heighten in 2017 as the party remains the most popular in several regions of the country, particularly Nyanza, Western, Nairobi and Coast.
Other ODM MPs are said to have secretly sent emissaries to Ford Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula enquiring about using the party’s ticket for the 2017 polls. Some are even boldly thinking of wearing the JAP gear, with the promise of millions of money as campaign cash from state coffers!
The ‘rebel Mps’, many who long stopped their monetary contributions to ODM, were given grace period to state where their loyalties lie sometime last year in Oyugis. Party Leader Raila Odinga read the riot act. Some, like Silvanus Osele, returned to the fold and has been prominent in ODM activities.
However, some have stood their ground, and are now shopping for new parties to take on would be ODM candidates in their constituencies in the 2017 ‘mother of all elections’. It is this scenario which has led to several ODM MPs in Nyanza become less enthusiastic about the new initiative to register the over 4 million unregistered voters in the region, which they know will benefit ODM. The drive is being popularised more by aspirants and ODM well-wishers.
The most ludicrous of these MPs is Nyatike’s Omondi Anyanga who is said to have asked the former Vice President for money to ‘popularise him’ in Nyanza, claiming the region is ‘tired with Raila’. Anyanga’s frustrations started when he failed to clinch a slot in ODM NEC which he had spent a fortune lobbying for, including buying a car for ‘official use’ by the party leader.
Recently, Anyanga was also expelled from the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) where Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, also ODM Secretary General, accused him as one of the ‘middlemen’ between Office of the President and committee members in the recent corruption allegations.
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga is said to be aware of the secret meetings but has chosen to watch from a distance. A vocal senator from Ukambani however is said to be uncomfortable with the meetings, saying the MPs are given wrong signals Â of the state of ODM in Nyanza by blatantly misleading the Wiper Leader to bolt out of CORD.
Most of the MPs, it is believed, are being bankrolled by Jubilee to divide CORD, a charge many have consistently rejected. Recently, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi accused Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo as among ‘senior moles’ in ODM, who work for Jubilee ‘at night’. Jakoyo, a cousin of Raila, has dismissed the allegations.
It is a wait and see situation.