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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

WHAT RAILA TOLD ODM OFFICIALS AT MAANZONI RETREAT



WHAT RAILA TOLD ODM OFFICIALS AT MAANZONI RETREAT
NAIROBI: Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will begin the process of nominating candidates on the eve of the General Election year and that those wishing to vie on the party's ticket in 2017 must subscribe to the party's ideologies. The decision was among resolutions reached by delegates during two-day ODM party retreat in Maanzoni lodge over the weekend. The delegates noted that majority of the current legislators have failed to articulate issues in relation to party's ideology while some have openly rebelled. An ODM top official who spoke to The Standard in confidence said the party resolved that by next year March, the process of nomination of candidates will begin in earnest. "We resolved that to move the party forward, we must start the process of identification of candidates who subscribe to our ideology of Social Democracy, and who can win seats comfortably," said the official. ODM Party leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is said to have instructed the delegates that they must ensure that they court other politicians to join them to form a formidable force ahead of the next polls. The party, however, appears to have softened its stance to expel perceived party rebels. See also: Uhuru, Raila full of praise for devolution "Raila instructed us to make sure we speak to everyone who left to come back to the party. The message was very clear that we must start connecting to people and identify with the Kenyan problems," said ODM Director of Campaigns Junet Mohamed. Raila's instructions to the National Executive Council ( NEC) is seen as a pointer to dropping of punitive measures that was targeted to be meted against the perceived party rebels. "Our intention is very clear that we are on a drive to reconcile the rival factions in the Orange party in readiness for the 2017," said Junet.