By Sam Nyang’u
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has appointed a panel of 8 members to spearhead Raila Odinga’s fourth presidential bid. Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho will lead the team. This decision was reached at last week when the ODM party marked 10 years of its existence.
In his remarks on the move, Governor Joho warned Jubilee by indicating that ODM’s new strategy will work, as it had been proven in recent by-elections.
“Things will not be the same. We have been tried and tested in Malindi and other areas where we have handed Jubilee huge losses in by-elections. Now we have matured. We know what to do, and we will match them in every area.”
Political analysts have termed the move as a relief to the party leader who is being persuaded by his rivals to retire from active politics. Raila, 72 has also been under immense pressure from his CORD co-principals to pave the way for new individuals to bid for the seat.
Other members of the taskforce include Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok, woman MPs Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi), Mishi Mboko (Mombasa), ODM chairman John Mbadi, Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi Kanchori and Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo.