Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has accused Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga of betrayal.
In an interview with Citizen TV, aired on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Ababu Namwamba said that despite Raila’s admission that he supported his interest in the Secretary General position, the ODM leader was in fact opposed to his ascendance to the seat.
“Raila Odinga looked me straight in the eye and told me (Ababu) he didn’t see any better successor to Anyang Nyong’o than me. But all of us sudden there was a wave of propaganda aimed at portraying me as a mole coming from people close to Raila including Oburu Odinga (Raila’s brother) and his then aide Eliud Owalo,” said Namwamba.
He however said that Raila distanced himself from the claims and reassured him of his support, though subsequent unfolding showed he was supposedly behind a push to have nominated Senator Agnes Zani take the SG position.
Namwamba further claimed that they had intelligence that the party’s elections at Kasarani would abort as some quarters in the party were reluctant to let his team, composed of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, take over leadership in the party.
“Everything happened as we had been told; men in black destroyed ballot boxes, just when it was evident that the delegates were in support of my team and I. It was all part of a larger plan orchestrated by Raila Odinga,” said Namwamba.
“I believe he (Raila) was not honest with me in terms of what he desired for the leadership of the party. If he told me he wanted Zani he should have had the courage to tell me that and I wouldn’t have contested.”
Namwamba defected from ODM last year and joined Labour Party of Kenya, where he was endorsed as the party leader with political pundits seeing the move as a scheme by Jubilee to weaken ODM’s hold in Western region.
“He failed the test of a mentor that is proud to see his protégé emerge, grow and blossom in the party. Today I would ask you whom has Raila mentored in his political career,” said Ababu Namwamba.
He however did not rule out a possible coalition with Raila Odinga saying a lot can happen between now and August 8, 2017 elections.