Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chairman John Mbadi has disclosed that Deputy President William Ruto called to check on Raila Odinga’s recovery progress after the ODM leader was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Speaking to KTN News on Thursday, March 25, night, the Suba South MP said the telephone conversation between the DP and the former premier was strictly about health issues.
“The only telephone conversation that has happened between Ruto and Raila is when the deputy president called to check on Raila’s health and how he was recovering, that I can authoritatively confirm,” said the ODM chairman.
The MP denied reports that the two leaders were holding secret negotiations that could lead to the formation of an alliance in 2022.
Mbadi maintained ODM was focusing on constitutional reforms through the BBI process and would engage in coalition negotiations thereafter.
“There are no such formal conversations going on and ODM is not interested in any alliance at this point in time. We are focusing on a constitutional amendment and later it will look for alliances,” he said.
However, the ODM lawmaker sneered at the One Kenya Alliance that brings together Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetang’ula (FORD Kenya) and Gideon Moi (KANU).
Mbadi also rubbished the four affiliate parties that formed the new alliance, terming them as mere “village parties” that cannot field candidates outside their strongholds.
“These are village parties that cannot field candidates outside their zones. ANC can only compete in Kakamega and Vihiga, Ford Kenya can only field candidates in Bungoma while Wiper can only win seats in parts of Ukambani
“We need to have national parties that can field candidates across the country and win or lose some,” said Suba South lawmaker.