Is the ODM party falling apart?


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John Mbadi, chairman of the Orange Democratic Movement, claims that internal party disputes are directly attributable to the party’s August 9 electoral defeat.

Mbadi, a National Assembly nominee, said ODM members set the bar too high by expecting to be in government and are now competing for the few seats granted to election losers.

He also alleged that the party’s top brass was already kicking itself for some of the oversights it committed while appointing lawmakers to key posts. Mbadi has previously raised concerns about the selection of Opiyo Wandayi, a lawmaker from Ugunja, to be the majority leader in parliament.

He objected, saying Wandayi was junior to him in the party and hence unable to serve as his legislative leader.

MP representing Embakasi East Babu Owino said he was passed over for the chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in favor of Mbadi, who had just lost his post as leader of the majority.

Mbadi responded swiftly to the claims, dismissing his rival. Also, he dismissed rumors of favoritism in the party after his appointment. There had been shifts in leadership, which he had seen.

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