ODM to pa­rade Ju­bilee de­fec­tors at an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Mom­basa

The Or­ange party has wit­nessed a mass ex­o­dus of mem­bers to Ju­bilee and in some in­stances its mem­bers silently sup­port the govern­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

ODM has said it will pa­rade “many Ju­bilee de­fec­tors” to­mor­row dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions of its 10th an­niver­sary to be held in Mom­basa.

Deputy party leader Has­san Joho yes­ter­day said they are mem­bers who have been deep in Ju­bilee and some are nom­i­nated.

He did not con­firm or deny whether Kenyan am­bas­sador to Tan­za­nia Chi­rau Ali Mwak­were is among those to be pa­raded.

Re­ports are rife that the am­bas­sador is seek­ing the ODM ticket af­ter Kwale Gov­er­nor Salim Mvurya moved to the Ju­bilee Party. Mwak­were had eyed the JP ticket.

But Joho said Mvurya’s pub­lic an­nounce­ment that he will sup­port JP might have been a slip of the tongue.

“It could be one of those state­ments they make in a po­lit­i­cal rally and later re­alise they made a mis­take,” he said.

Joho said for­mer Cord lead­ers who have de­fected have lost ground and are en­gag­ing in sideshows to stay in the game.

Lead­ers from the Coast who have de­fected to Ju­bilee in­clude Mvurya, Hus­sein Dado (Wiper, Tana River), Mustafa Iddi (Kil­ifi South), Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale), Gideon Mung’aro (Kil­ifi North), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) and Ma­soud Mwahima (Likoni).

“Any­one who wants to leave should do so… We are not wor­ried nei­ther are we shaken,” Joho said.

ODM has wit­nessed an ex­o­dus of its mem­bers. In some in­stances, some mem­bers silently sup­port the govern­ment.

Joho said the March 7 Malindi by-elec­tion was tes­ti­mony that rebels would not tri­umph at the Coast.

“There was a lot of po­lit­i­cal wrestling and chest thump­ing from rebels. They mo­bilised a lot of re­sources that we have never seen be­fore, but we car­ried the day,” he said.

Joho spoke when he toured Mama Ngina Drive where ODM will hold its an­niver­sary be­fore mak­ing a ‘ma­jor dec­la­ra­tion’.

In what ap­pears to be a show of might, Joho said more than 47 buses branded with the ODM colours will take sup­port­ers to Mom­basa. By press time they had not been flagged off.

JP has bought 47 Pra­dos branded with its colours and logo.

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