City MCAs follow suit by supporting deal between their party leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta


By Irene Mativo
Queries have been raised on the effectiveness of Nairobi County Assembly to perform its oversight role following the move to support the ruling party.
Ina rare show of solidarity,the opposition have vowed to work with the Jubilee party following the recent development in a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga at Harambee House Friday last week.

This comes after the ODM county assembly members supported their party leader and dared their coalition partners to walk out of the coalition if they feel aggrieved.

Nairobi County Assembly last year were in the receiving end when the majority party Jubilee gagged against the moving of the people assembly motion.

Former Majority Chief whip Jaffer Kassam was present in the meeting stating that the party had send him to reaffirm their position on the matter.

Minority Leader Elias Otieno Okumu in a press conference at City Hall said that the members in the devolved unit will give unconditional support to Nasa flag bearer Mr Raila.
“We the Nairobi County Assembly ODM MCA`s do affirm and support Raila our party leader to give our unconditional support and assure all Nairobians in particular ODM family that the party leader in his wisdom is mandated by our party constitution to enter into any agreements whatsoever he feels the party aspirations and ideologies can be realized,”said Mr Okumu.

Mr Okumu added that the ODM members were not coward unlike the counterparts as they suffered and sacrificed more during the quest for electoral justice.

“What sacrifices did the affiliate parties make? They did not stand with us at Uhuru Park saying that their bodies are not used to jail and so let those who are used to jail go ahead now and strike a deal, ” said Mr Okumu.

The ODM MCAs applauded the gesture by the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila to climb down their hard line positions for the common interest of the country and their affirmation of the need for electoral justice, inclusivity, and deethinisization as a step in the right direction.

“We therefore take this opportunity to caution those opportunistic mindsets that will always wish to ride on confusion and unnecessary tribulations of our people as a country, as we say this we must at all times appreciate our party leader for their discussion” said Mr Okumu.

Speaking on phone,the Majority leader Abdi Guyo said that the role of the MCAs was to oversight regardless of the party they are supporting.

He added that they welcomed the move stating that it would go along way into ending division and tribalism that have crippled the country for years.

“We support of our leaders from opposition and we are going to work as a team in Nairobi,” said Mr Guyo.