ODM in bid to ‘steal show’ from JP launch

Irene Githinji and Douglas Dindi @PeopleDailyKe

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has reacted to the expected massive launch of the Jubilee Party on Saturday by holding a parallel event the same day in Mombasa.

ODM Director of Elections and Campaigns and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said the event in the coastal town would be led by party leader Raila Odinga as part of the party’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

He said the party has lined up a series of events that would culminate with the launch of its new face ahead of the General Election next year. Junet said Mombasa governor, who is the Deputy Party Leader, Ali Hassan Joho is today expected to flag off 47 buses from Mombasa to each of the 47 counties, to ferry delegates for Saturday’s event.

The MP said in a statement Raila is expected to arrive in Mombasa tomorrow to kick off a series of roadshows to mobilise the electorate for the Saturday rally. Joho will tomorrow host a private reception in honour of Raila and his wife Ida Odinga where ODM Members of Parliament, Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) and at least 10 governors have been invited.

“On Saturday, we will hold a grand convention of the party where a ground-shaking political announcement will be made…all aspirants for all positions including MCAs, MPs, Senators and Governors are invited to attend from all over Kenya,” he said.

On Saturday evening, Junet said members will converge at Mama Ngina Drive where Tanzanian music artiste Diamond is expected to entertain guests. ODM will hold its celebrations as Jubilee Party is officially launched in Nairobi.

Meanwhile, police reported last night that youths had damaged a large billboard that had been erected in Homa Bay town to announce the launch of the Jubilee Party. A police source was reported in a section of the media saying the youth had warned they would not allow Jubilee material to be mounted in an ODM zone.

Meanwhile, Junet and other MPs challenged Jubilee to declare the source of its funds used in the elaborate launch events of the party. Junet was accompanied by MPs Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), ODM Chief Whip Thomas Mwandegu, Jones Mlolwa (Voi) and Abdikadir Ore (Wajir West).

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