ODM is facing internal protest from the Coast region after some politicians from the region hinted at ditching the party and forming a new outfit. The MPs and governors from the Coast expressed great exception with the party’s recent activities in Parliament.
The region overwhelmingly voted for Opposition leader Raila Odinga but in what appears to be a looming fallout, some ODM leaders said they feel betrayed and side lined for not being recognised during the recent sharing of Parliamentary leadership positions and East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) seats.
The outburst was led by Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori and his Matuga counterpart Benjamin Tayari among others who said the region has been short-changed by Raila’s party, despite the massive support they gave him during the just-concluded elections.
A source close to one of the governors in the region said Coast ODM politicians were contemplating breaking away from Nasa to form a regional political party. Nasa failed to nominate any member from the six Coast counties to EALA, a move which has been met with sharp criticism from opposition MPs from the Coast.
Dori, the Coast Parliamentary Group chairman, apologised to the regional residents for leading them into “political darkness”. However, speaking in Kwale on Sunday, Raila said Nasa was united despite reports of a growing rift.
“Those who are not with us are not with us, but I want to state that Kalonzo Musyoka is with us, not with those who have not yet decided on their next direction,” said Raila, explaining why Nasa bigwigs did not accompany him to Kwale. During the meeting to address Kwale politicians, Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo and Moses Wetang’ula did not attend.
Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja and Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo are also among leaders from Coast who have given a wide berth to all Nasa activities in the region despite being elected through Wiper.
Taita Taveta county assembly has not passed the “people’s assembly” motion, with some Coast leaders accusing Samboja of working with the Jubilee leadership. The reactions by some ODM Coast MPs came even as a section of leaders have vowed to continue with their push for secession despite warnings by President Uhuru Kenyatta that such plans are unconstitutional and would not be entertained by the government.
This is after Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi announced plans to host a convention to discuss secession activities next year. In what they termed the “Kikambala declaration” the two governors reiterated that the push for secession would go on.