Businessman Jimi Wanjigi has taken a swipe at the Orange Democratic (ODM) Party leader Raila Amollo Odinga over the party ownership after being blocked by police officers from opening the ODM office in Murang’a town.
The businessman who is believed financed the National Super Alliance campaigns claimed that that the ODM party does not belong to Raila alone stating that the party was founded by the former Prime Minister, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the main National Congress (ANC) party leader Mudavadi Mudavadi.
Wanjigi further claimed that the deviation of the other party founders gave way for the current party leader who has taken full charge of the party noting that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party did not belong to the former Prime Minister alone.
The businessman also added that the ODM Party is a national party that should embrace and welcomes everyone interested in joining the outfit.
“We are saying this to the ODM party, that we know it has got strong power. It has been in existence for 16 years. The founders of this party were Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, and Kalonzo Musyoka,” the businessman stated.
“They all left leaving it for Raila. But the party does not belong to Raila. It is a national party for all of us which must represent the nation of Kenya,” he added.
This came just a day after Wanjigi was reportedly blocked by police from opening an ODM party office in Murang’a town.
However, the police asserted that the billionaire had not informed them of the plans, a move a that sparked mixed reaction and criticism from the political divide.
“We had issues with the plan. They had not notified us of their plan and when Wanjigi’s team came, we advised them to follow the process and that is where we left it,” Murang’a South Police boss Alex Shikondi reportedly stated.
According to the Suba South Member of Parliament John Mbadi who is also the ODM party chairman argued that Wanjigi should have consulted with ODM national officials before moving to open an office in Murang’a town as they had offices in the area before.
“We have a procedure of opening party offices, and we have made formal communication that all ODM party offices must be directly under the guidance of the secretariat since ODM is a party,” Mbadi stated.