Barely days after the Orange Democratic Movement Secretary General Ababu Namwamba, and party Deputy Chairman Paul Otwoma announced their resignation from the party, citing frustration and sidelining of the Western region from the top officials. ODM has once again suffered a major blow in Western region, after Sirisia MP John Walukhe resigned as the party’s Bungoma Chairman.
Speaking at Mayuba Stadium in Bungoma, Walukhe accused the party leader Raila Odinga of sidelining western leaders, adding that this prompted his decision to quit office.
Ababu Namwamba and John Waluke have held talks with New Ford Kenya party leader Ken Lusaka who is also the Bungoma county Governor in a move seen as escalating the fallout in the opposition party led by Raila Odinga.
After the leaders met Lusaka they announced that a political tsunami was likely to take shape in the predominantly opposition region.
Namwamba vowed to mobilize all Western Kenya ODM MPs to exit the party ahead of the 2017 polls, adding that this would deny ODM chief Raila Odinga the Western vote in the upcoming General Election.
There are talks that Namwamba is reaching out to some leaders from the region including the Ford Kenya Party, veteran politician Moses Wetangula and Amani National Congress Musalia Mudavadi to join hands and form a united form from the region.