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Ababu: Raila’s crowds in Western were imported

Renegade ODM legislator Ababu Namwamba has made a fresh assault on party leader Raila Odinga for “importing” crowds during his recent tour of the Western region.

In a Facebook post, the Budalang’i MP also blamed the party for the wave of violence that have been witnessed during Mr Odinga’s tour of the region, specifically the assault on K24 cameraman Moses Masinde in Bungoma.

Mr Masinde was seriously injured and his recording equipment destroyed after he was attacked by ODM youths during a rally on Wednesday in Budalang’i

“The goons also injured innocent locals. Mr Masinde was beaten senseless, his camera destroyed and footage confiscated by the (sic) criminal gang. Mr Masinde’s only crime was recording Budalang’i expressing their true feelings, something that obviously ran contrary to the careful script of imported crowds and hired cheering squad,” Mr Namwamba sad.


Going by his latest remarks, Mr Namwamba is fast turning into a thorn in the party’s flesh with his relentless bashing of Mr Odinga.

The youthful lawmaker recently announced his resignation as Secretary General of the party after the fallout.

Also to announce his resignation around the same time at a public rally was erstwhile ODM vice chairman, Paul Otuoma, who is also the MP for Funyula.

And while, Otuoma has since remained diplomatic Namwamba seems to be spoiling for a fight with fellow party members.

The eloquent legislator seems keen to paint the opposition party in bad light even in his impending formation of a “third force” – a political outfit he says will be chiefly used to unite the Luhya community.

In the meantime, ODM has chosen to extend an olive branch towards the rebel MP, but for how long?