Former TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo is expected to announce his defection from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp to join the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
Mr. Oloo said he will officially announce his move to the Raila Odinga-led party on Wednesday. He is expected to lead a host of other Jubilee party members who will be crossing over to the Opposition.
Mr. Oloo, who initially was an ardent critic of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, will be the center of attraction in Kisumu today when Raila launches a campaign to woo voters.
Mr. Oloo, who was a strong member of Jubilee, was left out in the line-up of the new Jubilee Party launched by Mr. Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto in September last year.
The right-hand man of President Uhuru Kenyatta confirms to the press that he has found ODM to be the better platform for him to pursue his political career.
“I have resolved today to come back home and let our people know that in life, there is no permanent enemy, only a permanent solution. I am here to reconcile with our people.”
Mr. Oloo has set his eyes on the Kisumu Central parliamentary seat and is expected to make an official declaration of interest today.
Previously in 2016, he was removed by President Uhuru as the Chairman of the Lake Basin Development Authority and was replaced by former Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju, who appeared to have knocked him out of the ruling party’s top leadership position.
Mr. Tuju is the head of President Kenyatta’s campaign secretariat.
This announcement comes as a surprise and will be a blow to Jubilee, which he fearlessly and boldly defended in the past. The former TNA secretary general was also a close friend of Uhuru’s and a key figure in the running of TNA party affairs for four years.
He declared that he would be decamping to the Opposition with his Nyanza grassroots network, which he said was strong enough to give Jubilee a run for their money in the August General Election.
Former TNA secretary general Mr. Oloo says he will work with officials from grassroots to ensure ODM Party leader Raila Odinga goes to the statehouse.