Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) youth wing in Jomvu constituency in Mombasa have demanded an apology from area MP for allegedly undermining the party leadership in the county.
Led by the youth ODM chair Jomvu Joseph Ouma Ojung, the youth said an elected MP used unpalatable language against the County Secretary General during a radio interview which has annoyed party followers who choose whom to represent them in various positions including County, Parliament and other positions.
Ojung said they were worried about how the ODM party has been wavering lately since last elections and would be convening a meeting with the County party chair Busaka to device ways to bring stability in the party.
Ojung alleges that ODM party woes in Jomvu began when the area MP Badi Twalib who was elected on an ODM ticket broke ranks with the party leaders and joined the rival Tangatanga team in the country.
During the meeting with the county Chairperson, they resolved to hold party nominations and urged that all leaders in the party be respected including those at the grass root level.
He added that the locals have no problem with the MP but demand him to rejoin the party on who ticket he was elected and respect the party and its officials.
“We therefore call on the area MP to apologize to the party and its leadership since he is our leader in the constituency as we wish to continue in politics of peace and unity without divisions,” he said.
Ojung warned politicians from using parties as a vehicle to escalate them to power then abandon it at any time.
He called on the ODM national leadership under Raila Odinga to instill a sense of respect among elected leaders towards the electorate at grassroots including Bangladesh in Jomvu Constituency.
Alfu Mjaasi, commonly referred to the the Jomvu youth commander, also condemned the utterances by the area MP on a local radio station saying he undermined the county party leadership and called on him to respect the party that took him to Parliament.
The MP should not use offensive language on the party leadership since that will fuel hate and animosity among locals in the area, noted Mjaasi.
By Joseph Kamolo