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ODM retreat ends with calls to sack Ruto and Balala
Posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 10:32:33 CST by kwpnews

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Nine Rift Valley Members of Parliament were Sunday among Orange Democratic Party (ODM) top leaders who attended a public rally at Tononoka grounds in Mombasa.



 The mammoth rally which was attended by 58 MPs was addressed by ODM leader and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his deputy Musalia Mudavadi and 14 cabinet ministers.

The Rift Valley MPs who attended the rally and pledged their support to Mr Odinga included Minister Franklin Bett(Roads),Sally Kosgey(Higher Education) and Henry Kosgey(Industrialization).

Others were MPs Margerer Langat, Musa Sirma,Nkoidila Lankas,Julius Murgor,Josephat Nanok and Joseph Nkaisery.

Odinga once again reached out to defiant party members by assuring them of free and fair ODM presidential nominations.

The PM claimed that ODM had gained ground in Central Province claiming that two assistant ministers from the region were behind him.

Raila had earlier held a breakfast meeting with ODM MPs and other Coast leaders who have been campaigning for him at the grassroots.

Majority of the speakers including Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo led the crowd into urging the Prime Minister to sack defiant ODM Ministers.

The PM however refused to give in to calls by a section of the members to sack the two rebel ministers maintaining he would still work with them if they agreed.

Water Minister Charity Ngilu who has been mediating between the two insisted he would reconcile them for the sake of party unity.

Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro backed Ngilu in insisting that rebel members should remain in the party.

Coast leaders who addressed the rally criticized Balala for boycotting the rally and joining the bandwagon of those fighting Odinga.

The PM told the charged crowd that he will not relent in his efforts to save Mau and other forests in the country.

"I will not be cowed by a few individuals who have introduced cheap politics in this important national matter," said the Prime Minister.

Raila at the same time welcomed the devolved system of government contained in the Harmonised Draft Constitution. He further said he will not relent in his efforts to conserve Mau.

Infighting

Elsewhere in Kakamega, Ruto, Balala and rebel ODM MPs who skipped the party retreat attended a funds drive in Kakamega.

Ruto said  the simmering differences in the ODM party would be resolved soon.

Ruto pointed out that the problem will be resolved in the next few days since the government had agreed to resettle and compensate the evictees from the Mau forest, which is the main cause of infighting in the ODM party.

He explained that the problems in the party were as a result of personal differences which were healthy for democracy.

Ruto seemed to be backtracking on his statement that he made a mistake in backing Prime Minister Raila Odinga for president in the 2007 General Election.

Information Minister Samuel Poghisio who accompanied the ministers maintained that Mau settlers should be resettled and compensated.

On Saturday Ruto, who is also the Eldoret North MP held parallel rallies in Kapenguria where he was endorsed as their presidential candidate for 2012 presidential election.

 


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by kimo (dongokundu@hotmail,com) on Monday, December 07, 2009 @ 00:34:24 CST
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We have been here before watu wa mombasa,its time na sisi tuongoze nchi yetu since ngala,died sisi ni wafuasi tuu twahitaji MWAMKO




 
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