Raila Odinga Moves to Unify ODM Party Ahead of 2027 Elections

Raila Odinga warns ODM leaders against tribal politics in party elections, emphasizes unity and ideology. ODM pushes for electoral reforms ahead of 2027 polls.

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Raila Odinga Moves to Unify ODM Party Ahead of 2027 Elections

Raila Odinga Moves to Unify ODM Party Ahead of 2027 Elections

Raila Odinga, the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party in Kenya, has issued a stern warning to party leaders against playing tribal and regional politics during the upcoming grassroots elections. Odinga emphasized that the elections should serve as a friendly contest to unite the party, not divide it along ethnic or geographic lines.

Speaking at a party meeting, Odinga stressed that the ODM elections must be conducted based on the party's policies, ideology, and beliefs, rather than factors such as tribe, race, gender, region, or religion. He thanked the outgoing party leaders for their service and urged all members to approach the elections with decorum and dignity.

Odinga expressed regret that the ODM party is facing challenges in planning for the grassroots elections due to the Kenya Kwanza regime withholding political party funds. However, he reiterated the party's commitment to protecting the reforms they have fought for over the years.

The ODM leader called on party members to remain united, stating it would be a great honor for him to see the party he founded grow into one of the largest political parties on the African continent. Odinga also encouraged women to actively seek leadership positions within the party.

Why this matters: The unity and strength of the ODM party will be crucial as they aim to form the next government in Kenya's 2027 general elections. Odinga's call for unity and focus on party ideology over tribal politics could shape the political landscape in the coming years.

The ODM National Governing Council has endorsed Odinga's candidacy for the position of African Union Commission Chairperson. The party also expressed concern over the alleged harassment of Kisii Governor Simba Arati and former Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria by state agencies.

Looking ahead to the 2027 elections, the ODM party is pushing for the implementation of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report, which includes the reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Odinga has emphasized the importance of these reforms in ensuring free and fair elections in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Raila Odinga warns ODM leaders against tribal, regional politics in party elections.
  • Odinga calls for unity, focus on party policies, ideology, and beliefs in elections.
  • ODM faces challenges in planning elections due to lack of party funds from Kenya Kwanza.
  • ODM endorses Odinga's candidacy for African Union Commission Chairperson.
  • ODM pushes for NADCO report implementation, IEBC reconstitution for fair 2027 elections.