Why Raila is furious with the Luo Nyanza MPs ahead of ODM polls

What you need to know:

  • Senior ODM politicians including Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Siaya Senator James Orengo and MPs Dalmas Otieno (Rongo) and John Mbadi (Gwassi) have pulled out of the race for the various party positions
  • In a conversation with Sunday Nation at his Bondo home on Friday morning, Mr Odinga said while the politicians were free to run, he was angered by demands that certain posts be reserved for Luo Nyanza
  • Mr Mbadi and Mr Otieno had expressed interest in the post of secretary-general held by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o, while Dr Kidero wanted to be vice-chairman. There were reports that Mr Orengo was interested in the secretary-general’s position, but he later said he has no intentions to vie for the seat
  • Mr Odinga declined to comment on whether he is preparing ODM for his next stab at the presidency

Cord leader Raila Odinga said he is not threatened by the decision of Luo Nyanza politicians to pull out of the February 28 ODM elections, which has triggered speculation that they could be headed for another political party.

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