By Samuel Ouma
Kenya’s opposition party, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), has laid down strategies to regroup itself ahead of 2022 polls after the bruising 2017 General Elections.
The party led by the opposition leader Raila Odinga last week launched a regrouping initiative called ‘roll call’ through the party Executive Director and Secretary General Oduor Ong’wen and Agnes Zani respectively.
“ODM is the largest party in Africa with over 1.9 million officials from polling stations level to national. The 2017 elections came with waves, storms, and as a responsible party we deemed it right to regroup” reiterated Mr. Ong’wen.
The two party officials have refuted reports saying that their main motive is to counter Deputy President William Ruto heated political tour in the country. They said they aim at unifying the county coordinators with the party officials. They boasted of the massive unity the party enjoys unlike others.
“Some political parties masquerade as political parties only when elections are near but as ODM we have ideologies and manifestoes that even if we did not clinch the presidency, we have our county governments which we want them to implement,” Ong’wen stated.
While addressing Journalists in the Northern part of the country during the meet-officials tour, Party’s Secretary General Agnes Zani said they have met officials from some of their strongholds and looking forward to reach others. Zani maintained that ODM’s fight against injustice is unbeatable.
“ As ODM we have not lost hope even after losing the presidency in the last election and even after the “handshake” between our party leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta. We are still a popular party but our focus is now building bridges and strengthening our party,” said Ms Zani.
The regrouping agenda comes barely a month after Odinga castigated Deputy President Ruto’s cross-country tours in the name of development and instead drumming support for his 2022 presidential bid.