|Written By:Kendagor Obadiah, Posted: Thu, Aug 25, 2011|
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) rebel members are accusing their party of dictatorial tendencies in the wake of Wednesday’s cabinet mini-reshuffle that saw them lose their cabinet positions.
The group led by Eldoret North MP William Ruto is now warning the party to brace for a bruising battle in next year’s general elections.
The now sacked members of cabinet claimed that they were not shown the door for non-performance, but for questioning dictatorial practices within the ODM party.
Ruto trashed claims that his sacking was aimed at enhancing party discipline.
The former Higher Education Minister says he was at ease with the realization that his sacking was not informed by non-performance but his stand on respect for democratic values.
He said ODM had failed to live up to the democratic values out of which it was formed.
“We were not invited to join ODM and we were indeed its architects, meaning no one has the right to give us marching orders,” the defiant legislator said.
Ruto added that he is ready for a by-election should there be any and challenged those still in ODM to prepare for a battle like no other come 2012.
And now the party rebels have promised a battle with their party as Ruto seeks to consolidate the United Democratic Movement (UDM), whose only MP is a casualty of the reshuffle.
Former East Africa Community Minister Helen Sambili who was also fired from cabinet said her links with ODM are over and invited members aggrieved by their parties to join UDM.
Ruto has in the recent past declared that he will seek the 2012 presidency on a UDM ticket.
The other two ODM casualties, Dujis MP Adan Duale and Mohammed Mohamoud Ali of Mandera West also indicated that they will now join Ruto to diminish ODM’s popularity in North Eastern province.
They both claimed to have performed exemplarily in their respective cabinet dockets