ODM Chairman John Mbadi hit at Raila Odinga’s son, Raila Junior after the latter made controversial remarks on the party’s politicians, accusing them of not adhering to ODM’s philosophies.
Raila Junior slammed his father’s right-hand men, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Suna East MP, Junet, for reportedly engaging in divisive politics rather than development. This was after Joho accused Deputy President William Ruto of participating in early campaigns and flaunting his wealth around.
“I have to be clear that Raila Junior is not an ODM member nor does he hold any position in the party. He is merely Raila’s son. I don’t know why his comments would be used to spell the position of ODM,” Mbadi noted.
During an interview on Citizen TV on Tuesday, September 15, Ruto’s ally and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah cited Raila Junior’s comments while attacking ODM. The Jubilee MP accused ODM of rotting from the inside and being full of hypocrites who were scheming for the 2022 Presidency.
“The party’s position is spelt out by the ODM leader. If Raila Junior made such remarks then that is his democratic right. Furthermore, he always makes such contrary remarks and I believe he is entitled to his own opinion,” Mbadi responded during the heated debate.
On Wednesday morning, September 16, Raila Junior apologised for his remarks, adding that he did not target any party leaders.
“As an ordinary ODM member, my views are my own and not that of party. I am grateful to ODM for availing democratic space in which different views and opinions are expressed. My views were not targeting any leaders and I apologize for any misunderstanding caused,” he tweeted.
Ichung’wah and Mbadi, further differed on the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency scandal, with the Jubilee MP accusing his rivals of doublespeak and pretending to be corruption crusaders.
Ruto’s ally disclosed that he ventured into supplying personal protective equipment (PPEs) 20 years ago, but declined having supplied the equipment to the government.
“ODM never demanded a special audit for past corruption scandals. However, their party leader is demanding a special audit. Why? Because the Parliamentary committees were reconstituted in the purge and we wonder if we shall achieve any progress with the special audit,” Ichung’wah hit at ODM arguing that they were out to sacrifice civil servants rather than politicians accused in the KEMSA graft.
Mbadi responded by defending ODM, insisting that the party had demonstrated its hard stance on corruption through the motion to impeach Migori Governor Okoth Obado who was accused of graft. He added that he (Mbadi) spoke out against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru too and urged the investigative agencies to expedite her case after she was accused of corruption too.