ODM Power Wrangles- John Mbadi Vs Edwin Sifuna, Who will Blink First?

ODM Party leader Raila Odinga is expected to chair a crisis meeting tomorrow to quell a flareup and and seal widening cracks threatening to poison the Orange.

This follows a vicious row has broken out in the Central Management Committee pitting National chairman John Mbadi and secretary general Edwin Sifuna.

The latest culmination of the power struggle was when Mbadi and Sifuna sent out conflicting messages on the leadership of the Nairobi County assembly in a span of 24 hours.

Mbadi’s letter arrived first on Monday communicating the party’s position on the proposed changes on the minority side.

Yesterday, Sifuna dispatched another letter to the assembly rubbishing Mbadi’s earlier letter and directing the current leadership to stay put.

In the letter, Sifuna described himself as the “spokesperson, authorized principal officer and the person mandated by the constitution of the party to issue correspondence on behalf of the party.”

“You are directed to disregard any communication to the contrary. No changes have been made to the minority side leadership by the party or any of its organs,” Sifuna said.

But Mbadi maintained that the changes stand and his decision as the chairman cannot be overruled by the secretary general.

“According to the constitution of our party, the chairman’s decision can only be overruled by the party leader or his two deputies and not any other person or a party organ like NEC, central committee and or NDC,” Mbadi said yesterday at his Parliament office.

Mbadi had pushed for the replacement of minority leader Elias Otieno and whip Peter Imwatok with Kennedy Oyugi (Highrise MCA) and Nicholas Okumu (Savanna MCA) respectively.

In his letter dated November 5, the Suba South legislator told the speaker to ignore any contradictory communication from the party.

“As previously reiterated, the decision made by the ODM party emanated from the request of the membership of Nairobi county assembly which was endorsed by the party after deliberations in compliance with the ODM party Constitution,” Mbadi said in the letter to the speaker dated  October 25.

Sifuna has been on the spot for contradicting the Party’s stand and Kenya Report is privy to details that he was reprimanded by Party leadership over his remarks on the VAT tax debate where ODM leader had instructed the party MPs to support the financial bill a few months ago.

Recently, he was at logger heads with Mbadi over the Homa bay MCAs row.

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