More than 300 grassroot officials and members of Jubilee’s URP party have joined the biggest political party in Kenya- ODM today. The were recived at Orange house by ODM party officials led by director for political affairs Hon Opiyo Wandayi.
Hon Opiyo Wandayi who is also MP for Ugunja asked the President to back DP William Ruto and be his running mate in the 2017 general election. This will demonstrate goodwill by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto, he said, noting it has happened in Russia.
“Uhuru’s genuineness should be seen,” he told a group of more than 300 URP grassroot officials from Kalenjin land who decamped to ODM after claims Ruto will not be supported in 2022.
Here is the statement by the defectors.
PRESS STATEMENT BY MEMBERS OF THE KALENJIN COMMUNITY LIVING IN NAIROBI
For the past one month, members of the Kalenjin Community have been left in a state of suspended animation with regard to the political future of the community.
Statements have been thrown left, right and centre by notable persons holding positions of influence all aimed at sending signals that we as Kalenjin community are not guaranteed their support in the 2022 general election.
As the great philosopher Mark Twain once said “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” First it was political activist Mr. Tony Gachoka who sparked the controversy. We thought he was joking. Then came Kiambu Governor Mr. William Kabogo with similar sentiments and now a TNA nominated Senator Mr. Paul Njoroge. We know the game. We can’t wait to be humiliated at the eleventh hour. Waswahili husema, AKUFUKUZAYE HAKWAMBII TOKA.
We want to state here that we were in ODM. We were the founder members of the ODM party. We were misled to leave the party in 2013 because of one’s selfish interests. We were promised heaven, only to be subjected to hell. These three years have been like persevering an abusive marriage.
We don’t want to be hurt anymore. We have decided to come back home. We know, it is only through ODM that our community can get power once more. We therefore undertake to mobilize support for the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga in the entire Rift Valley region for the 2017 general election.
We are now convinced that the Jubilee alliance is between individuals and not communities. We must choose to stand up and be counted. We want to be on the right side of history.
Thank you and God Bless Kenya.
30th June 2016