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ODM warns Wanjigi for opening ‘parallel’ party offices

Orange Democratic Movement has threatened to discipline businessman Jimi Wanjigi for opening parallel party offices without expressing authority from the national officer.

In a statement released by Secretary-general Edwin Sifuna on Wednesday, after a meeting of the party’s top decision making organ chaired by party leader Raila Odinga, the party warned members opening branch offices without the approval of the national office would face disciplinary action.

“We have received alarming reports that there are some members of the party purporting to open offices in the grassroot without reference or consultation with the national office,” said Sifuna.

“We wish to remind all members that whenever there is a need to open any party office, the same must be done in consultation with the national office, failure to which such offices will not be recognised,” he added.

Sifuna said that opening of such offices amounts to brazen violation of the party’s rules, hence, urging the public and ODM members not to enter into any leases or arrangements for such offices in the absence of confirmation in writing from the party leadership.

Wanjigi who has been opening a number of offices especially in Central Kenya, has led ODM officials questions his Mission in the party.

He has in a number of times asked ODM presidential hopeful Raila Odinga to retire and allow ‘fresh blood’ to lead the country, sentiments that has led to wary of the fact that internal feuds could slow down the former Prime minister.

Meanwhile, the Meeting also called on the IEBC to deploy sufficient resources to ensure the upcoming voter registration is successful.

Sifuna urged all party leaders at the grassroot level and all members elected and nominated on the party’s ticket to retreat to the respective areas to coordinate and support voter registration.

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    Written by Pauline Nabwire

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