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You betrayed me, Ababu tells Raila as he quits

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has resigned as ODM secretary general citing frustrations, betrayal and lack of respect from top party leaders.

He said that he will soon ditch the party.

Mr Namwamba accused party leader Raila Odinga of betraying him despite assuring him support and blessings when he showed interest in the position.

He attributed his frustrations in ODM to his interest of becoming party secretary general, saying he was marked as an unwanted candidate by a section of people surrounding Mr Odinga.


“After consulting the Banyala elders who advised me to resign and ditch the party, and from your decision as the electorate of Budalang’i and former ODM delegates, I am giving in to your wish of resigning as the party secretary general,” he said after a meeting of party delegates and elders from his constituency.

“Before I vied for this position, I consulted my friend Raila Odinga and asked him if he thought I could make a good secretary general. He looked me in the eye and told me I am the best person in the party to succeed Prof Anyang Nyong’o. He told me ‘to go for it general’,” said Mr Namwamba.

Mr Namwamba’s resignation follows that of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma who also resigned as party vice-chairman on Saturday, citing similar grievances.

The resignations will be a blow to Mr Odinga who is fighting to sustain his political support of the western region.