ODM Party Chungwa House, Nairobi on Friday 30/10/2020. [Boniface Okendo,Standard]
Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is facing a myriad of political woes ahead of next year’s general election.
From confusion over who will be the torch bearer, its shifty position in the Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the rising rebellion in the party hierarchy, the 16-year old party is a crossroads.
The recent conflicting statements within the party over Raila’s aspirations in the 2022 presidential race has compounded the troubles of a party that for the last three years seemed to have lost traction and still trying to find its footing.
On Thursday, National Election Board (NEB) chairperson Catherine Mumma announced that three aspirants, including Raila, ODM deputy party leaders and governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Mombasa’s Hassan Joho, had declared interest to be the party’s flag bearer in the next General Election.