CORD REBELS MEET TO PLOT BREAKAWAY

Written By Michael Maunda on Friday, November 7, 2014 | 12:21 AM

Magerer Langat, Ababu Namwamba, Dr Alfred Mutua and Gideon Mungaro at Serena Beach Hotel yesterday
THE political turbulence that has rocked the opposition Cord appears to have reached a high point amid signs that a new political outfit could be in the offing.

Just a day after the attempted coup at Orange House, ODM headquarters, Cord rebels, including besieged executive director Magerer Lang'at, met at a Mombasa hotel, giving the clearest indication that a third force was emerging.
Rebellious Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua (Wiper) led Magerer, Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba and his Kilifi North counterpart Gideon Mung'aro into the surprise meeting.

In a telling statement, Mung'aro, who was forced out as Cord minority whip earlier this year, said that “many such lunches were lined up”.

“We just had lunch with friends,” Mungaro said, denying any political scheme. “All I can tell you is that we will be having many more lunches.”

A photograph of the four youthful and ambitious leaders caused a stir on social media, with a section of ODM supporters insisting their worst fears - that the group was gravitating towards the Jubilee Coalition - had now been confirmed.

Mutua has openly contradicted his Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka on the proposed Okoa Kenya referendum and has even accused him of failing to deal with MCAs who are a bother to him and Kivutha Kibwana in Makueni.

Namwamba, who failed to replace Anyang' Nyong'o as ODM secretary general in the botched polls of February 28, is believed to be keen on crafting a deal with Deputy President William Ruto.

Mung'aro on his part has led an onslaught against Coalition boss Raila Odinga at the Coast by opposing calls for a referendum since he was removed as whip.

But Opiyo Wandayi, a close ally of the former PM's, fired a warning salvo that they would take the battle to the rebels' political doorsteps.

"We are putting these MPs on notice from now on. We are taking the battle to their doorsteps. This matter will be settled in the court of public opinion. I can assure you it will not be a walk in the park for them," he fired back.

These details emerged as ODM secretary general Anyang' Nyong'o chaired a crisis meeting at Orange House and installed Finance director Joshua Kawino as interim Executive director.

However, confusion continued to reign, with ODM director of Political Affairs Wafula Buke, who declared himself acting CEO on Wednesday, continuing to use the title.

Yesterday, he sought to explain his takeover, explaining what he called his mission and that of his co-director Rosemary Kariuki when they were appointed at Orange House.

He said they are on a mission to explain and expose ODM setbacks and cartels that “have turned Raila into a cash cow”.

“The youth and patriots in general will learn that Raila needs help by die-hard supporters . . . to save this country.”

However, a section of MPs who spoke to the Star said that it was now apparent that Buke and Kariuki were behind Magerer's physical ejection from Orange House.

“It is now clear that all the allegations against Magerer originated at the secretariat. Buke was just recruited to the secretariat recently and if anybody is to take over, definitely he is not the one,” insisted an MP who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Speaking separately to the Star, Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura and his Rarieda counterpart Nicholas Gumbo insisted on the entire overhaul of the ODM secretariat as the only way out.

“What we want is nothing less than a total overhaul of the secretariat - so that we can put in place a more professional team,” Mwaura declared.

Ndhiwa MP Agostino Neto and Wajir women's representative Fatma Ibrahim described the internal party wrangles in ODM as “impunity that should not be tolerated”.

“The culture of violence and intolerance should be stopped immediately. The ODM secretariat should stop this drama and let Magerer finish his term,” Neto said, clearly echoing calls by other youthful MPs from Nyanza.


THE political turbulence that has rocked the opposition Cord appears to have reached a high point amid signs that a new political outfit could be in the offing.
Just a day after the attempted coup at Orange House, ODM headquarters, Cord rebels, including besieged executive director Magerer Lang'at, met at a Mombasa hotel, giving the clearest indication that a third force was emerging.
Rebellious Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua (Wiper) led Magerer, Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba and his Kilifi North counterpart Gideon Mung'aro into the surprise meeting.
In a telling statement, Mung'aro, who was forced out as Cord minority whip earlier this year, said that “many such lunches were lined up”.
“We just had lunch with friends,” Mungaro said, denying any political scheme. “All I can tell you is that we will be having many more lunches.”
A photograph of the four youthful and ambitious leaders caused a stir on social media, with a section of ODM supporters insisting their worst fears - that the group was gravitating towards the Jubilee Coalition - had now been confirmed.
Mutua has openly contradicted his Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka on the proposed Okoa Kenya referendum and has even accused him of failing to deal with MCAs who are a bother to him and Kivutha Kibwana in Makueni.
Namwamba, who failed to replace Anyang' Nyong'o as ODM secretary general in the botched polls of February 28, is believed to be keen on crafting a deal with Deputy President William Ruto.
Mung'aro on his part has led an onslaught against Coalition boss Raila Odinga at the Coast by opposing calls for a referendum since he was removed as whip.
But Opiyo Wandayi, a close ally of the former PM's, fired a warning salvo that they would take the battle to the rebels' political doorsteps.
"We are putting these MPs on notice from now on. We are taking the battle to their doorsteps. This matter will be settled in the court of public opinion. I can assure you it will not be a walk in the park for them," he fired back.
These details emerged as ODM secretary general Anyang' Nyong'o chaired a crisis meeting at Orange House and installed Finance director Joshua Kawino as interim Executive director.
However, confusion continued to reign, with ODM director of Political Affairs Wafula Buke, who declared himself acting CEO on Wednesday, continuing to use the title.
Yesterday, he sought to explain his takeover, explaining what he called his mission and that of his co-director Rosemary Kariuki when they were appointed at Orange House.
He said they are on a mission to explain and expose ODM setbacks and cartels that “have turned Raila into a cash cow”.
“The youth and patriots in general will learn that Raila needs help by die-hard supporters . . . to save this country.”
However, a section of MPs who spoke to the Star said that it was now apparent that Buke and Kariuki were behind Magerer's physical ejection from Orange House.
“It is now clear that all the allegations against Magerer originated at the secretariat. Buke was just recruited to the secretariat recently and if anybody is to take over, definitely he is not the one,” insisted an MP who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Speaking separately to the Star, Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura and his Rarieda counterpart Nicholas Gumbo insisted on the entire overhaul of the ODM secretariat as the only way out.
“What we want is nothing less than a total overhaul of the secretariat - so that we can put in place a more professional team,” Mwaura declared.
Ndhiwa MP Agostino Neto and Wajir women's representative Fatma Ibrahim described the internal party wrangles in ODM as “impunity that should not be tolerated”.
“The culture of violence and intolerance should be stopped immediately. The ODM secretariat should stop this drama and let Magerer finish his term,” Neto said, clearly echoing calls by other youthful MPs from Nyanza.
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