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Send ODM rebels home, urges Raila

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has turned the heat on ODM party defectors saying they are hopeless self-seekers and urged voters to terminate their contract with them in the 2017 General Election.

He said MPs who have shifted political allegiance to the ruling coalition were unnecessary baggage to the party.

Speaking in Shinyalu and Ikolomani constituencies on the second day of his five-day tour of Kakamega county, he dismissed claims by defectors that their action is intended to unlock development in the area saying government resources are appropriated in Parliament.

“It is erroneous to insinuate that the allure for development resources pushed them to Jubilee. The truth is that, they are driven by greed and the decision is personal,” he said, adding that MPs are best placed to get a slice of the national cake through lobbying in Parliament. He urged residents to support his presidential bid to enable him to rescue the country from the yoke of tribalism, corruption, theft of public resources and extra-judicial killings.

“The appointment of new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners will guarantee the country free and fair elections and a victory for ODM next year,” he said.

He alleged billions of shillings lost through the Eurobond and National Youth Service (NYS) scandals are being used to buy MPs to the government side and challenged the government to give Kenyans its scorecard instead of bogging them down with a new manifesto.

Some MPs, Senators, Women Reps and Governors from the Western Kenya, Kisii, latest being Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya.

Meanwhile, ODM party now plans to counter Jubilee Party launch on Saturday by holding a parallel ceremony to mark its 10th anniversary in Mombasa county.

The ceremony will coincide with the launch of Jubilee Party at Kasarani and is seen as an attempt to steal media limelight.

Deputy party leader Hassan Joho said yesterday Raila and all governors Members of Parliament, MCAs, party officials, aspirants and supporters are also expected to attend the event.

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