unday, June 27, 2021 -Orange Democratic Movement ODM Party leader Raila Odinga has responded to allegations of malpractices in their party during any nominations.
Speaking during the burial service of Jaoyo Midiwo in Gem over the weekend, Mr. Odinga argued that he never has powers during party primaries and that is why his brother Oburu Odinga also never made it.
“In the last elections there were a lot of complaints about nominations. But if you want to know that ODM respects party structures, if I had the power to make changes, Jakoyo and Dr Oburu Odinga would have been in Parliament,” Raila said.
He added that after Oburu and Jakoyo lost their appeals over the nominations there was no way he was going to overturn that using force.
He however added that ODM Party nominations are always a challenge because they are similar to conducting a general election.
“As a party we have to print ballot papers, have presiding and returning officers in each of the polling stations in the country and we don’t have the necessary funds to do it,” Raila said.
Jakoyo, former vocal MP Gem Constituency, died on June 14 at Nairobi Hospital while undergoing treatment.
Among those who mourned the late during his burial are President Uhuru Kenyatta who stated that the late was an outspoken leader who debated national matters with confidence both inside and outside the Parliament.