Don’t take in­ter­nal is­sues to the me­dia, Raila warns Ababu

Com­mit­tee dis­misses MP’s de­mand to meet the party leader pri­vately to­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - IMENDE BEN­JAMIN @Akhasakhulu

ODM sec­re­tary gen­eral Ababu Namwamba has been told not to dis­cuss party is­sues in the me­dia.

Op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga yes­ter­day told the Bu­dalang’i MP the is­sues he is rais­ing “are small and can be han­dled in­ter­nally”.

“He was re­minded that as sec­re­tary gen­eral he should not pros­e­cute the party in the me­dia,” a source said. Ababu has been com­plain­ing he has been re­duced to a cer­e­mo­nial sec­re­tary gen­eral and that he would like to work in a party where he is ap­pre­ci­ated, not tol­er­ated. Party na­tional chair­man John Mbadi said: “The mis­un­der­stand­ing is more than the is­sues raised and he felt the is­sues he had can be dis­cussed with the party leader.”

Mbadi said he was sur­prised to see Ababu com­plain, yet in yes­ter­day’s spe­cial meet­ing at ODM head­quar­ters called to dis­cuss emerg­ing is­sues, he said they en­joy a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

“Ababu is not equal to Raila and he can use the or­gans of the party to ad­dress is­sues which he has raised,” he said.

The com­mit­tee dis­missed Ababu’s de­mands to have pri­vate dis­cus­sions with Raila to­day, say­ing the party has enough chan­nels to ad­dress the mat­ters he is rais­ing.

Mbadi said the elec­tion board was dis­solved af­ter a mo­tion in Maan­zoni dur­ing the del­e­gates’ fo­rum and most of the ac­tiv­i­ties Ababu claims he was be­ing side­lined on were or­gan­ised by the grass­roots of­fi­cials.

Ababu yes­ter­day warned party mem­bers that “there is no mar­ket for buy­ing or sell­ing peo­ple,” af­ter an of­fi­cial al­leged he was be­ing fi­nanced by out­siders to break ODM. He dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing the party com­mit­tee agreed on the frame­work to ad­dress emerg­ing is­sues when the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee met dur­ing its AGM.

“The is­sues I have raised are in the pub­lic do­main and I be­lieve when we meet in two weeks we will ad­dress them since we have the frame­work,” Ababu said. He added that the is­sues he raised are se­ri­ous and should be ad­dressed by Raila “to im­prove the party and strengthen democ­racy”.

/ COLLINS KWEYU

ODM na­tional chair­man John Mbadi, party leader Raila Odinga and sec­re­tary gen­eral Ababu Namwamba with other of­fi­cials dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at Orange House yes­ter­day

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