Ababu Namwamba’s Claim For Leaving ODM Is False’ – Butere MP


Butere MP, Andrew Toboso, says Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba is aiming to fulfill his selfish interest, not Luhya unity.

The National Assembly member who through his article published by The Star on Friday, July 16, said he doubts Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba’s claim that he is fighting for the Luhya unity.

“He (Ababu Namwamba) argues that he is committed to serving the interests of the community, but then why didn’t he consult? There are governors in Western Kenya, senators, MPs and MCAs, all of whom have a stake in the welfare of the region, but whom Ababu and his team have ignored,” the MP said.

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Toboso went on to argue that Ababu Namwamba should have joined one of the parties that most Luhya’s were in if actually he was fighting for the Luhya unity as he claimed.

He said that the Budalangi MP was just looking for a way to join a winning coalition after the elections as there is no middle ground in Kenyan politics. No so-called third force, he said.

“This is selfishness at its best. It is the poorest way of planning to join the government because the plan could backfire the moment something akin to a tyranny of numbers is achieved by the main coalitions in 2017,” he said.

Ababu Namwamba, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Sirisia’s John Walukhe resigned from their positions in ODM and plan to join another party.

Ababu was the ODM secretary general, Otuoma was the party vice chairperson while Welukhe was the party’s Bungoma county chairman.

Toboso condemned Ababu’s leave by referring it as an “individualistic” move to form a third force coming just a year to the election.

Report also has it that that Ababu Namwamba, Otuoma and other lawmakers are headed to the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK).

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It is also said that the LPK chairperson, Julia Ojiambo agreed to welcome the two and possibly take over her party under one condition, –  she was nominated to parliament.

Ababu Namwamba already declined an invitation to join President Uhuru’s Jubilee after he fell out with Raila Odinga.