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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
4 | National News Raila returns to familiar battle ground for polls ODM leader expected to draw on his political expertise to keep his party united BY PATRICK MAYOYO @pmayoyo email@example.com O DM party leader Raila Odinga has survived many political storms since he ventured into politics in the early 1990s. Today’s ODM National Del- egates Convention is one such occasion where he is expected to draw on his political expertise to ensure the party he expects to use as his vehicle in the next presidential poll remains united following the emergence of two camps. Mr Odinga is an accomplished grassroots mobiliser, with a huge political clout and forceful personality to match. And, although he has contin- ued to influence Kenya’s political agenda, his detractors say he is a ruthless politician who will crush those he views as working against his interests. His earliest brush with Kenya’s turbulent political landscape was in the early 1990s after a fallout in the then pro-equality Forum for Restoration of Democracy that was later converted into a political party, Ford. Following differences between two factions, one led by his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, and another by former detainee Kenneth Matiba, the younger Odinga and other youthful politicians, dubbed Young Turks, teamed up with the doyen of opposition politics to form Ford Kenya. The other splinter group led by Martin Shikuku and Kenneth Matiba registered its own party, Ford Asili. However, when Jaramogi died, Mr Odinga found himself fighting for control of Ford Kenya against another group led by then VicePresident Kijana Wamalwa. When supporters of the two factions converged at Thika Stadium on April 13, 1996 a fracas erupted after disagreement arose over certain delegates. 1998 The year NDP and Kanu formed an alliance and Raila became a minister in the Moi government Each faction later conducted its own elections and sought to be declared the bona fide office holders. A protracted legal battle ensued, resulting in Mr Odinga leaving Ford Kenya and launching the National Development Party (NDP). In 1998, the NDP entered into an alliance with Kanu which resulted in Mr Odinga and several other members of the party becoming ministers in the government of President Daniel arap Moi. Earlier, Mr Odinga, a mechani- FILE | NATION ODM leader Raila Odinga will be in familiar territory today. cal engineer, would be accused of masterminding the 1982 coup against President Moi’s government and was charged with treason and detained without trial for six years before fleeing to Norway in 1991. In early 2002, Kanu held inter- nal elections where Mr Odinga became secretary-general. Mr Moi was to surprise Mr Odinga when he endorsed Mr Uhuru Kenyatta as the Kanu flag-bearer in the polls. Mr Odinga led a walkout and teamed up with Kalonzo Musyoka to take over the little known Liberal Democratic Party. Come 2007, he crafted the Pentagon team ahead of the General Election. However, he suffered a major setback when current Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo handed over the ownership of ODM-Kenya to Mr Musyoka, leaving Mr Odinga in a dilemma. Lawyer Mugambi Manyara came to his rescue and surrendered ODM to him, which he used to contest the 2007 polls. On September 1, 2007, he was nominated ODM presidential candidate at the Moi International Sports Centre with Musalia Mudavadi as a running mate. The sports Centre is a familiar ground for Mr Odinga where he has fought many political wars, won some and lost others. DAILY NATION PARTY POLITICS POLITICS | Bickering threatens to give former Prime Minister a serious headache Friday February 28, 2014 TNA plans to list members in April ahead of its elections BY NATION REPORTER The National Alliance party will embark on a countrywide drive in April to recruit members ahead of in-house elections. However, the parliamentary group that brought together TNA senators and MPs did not agree on the date of the party elections, saying, would be decided after recruitment. “We will gauge the progress of the recruitment and agree on when to hold elections for party officials,” TNA chairman Johnstone Sakaja said. The nominated MP said that they would register new members so as to keep the party’s national outlook. Leadership wrangles Speaking after the meeting, the TNA chairman said they would be holding meetings once every month in order to strengthen their legislative agenda in the Senate and National Assembly. The Senators and MPs also re- solved to work together and end the leadership wrangles that have bedevilled the party, Mr Sakaja said, adding that they had confidence in the TNA leadership. He also said they had resolved to make all the party offices in the 47 counties active. Mr Sakaja said financial tussles were a creation of the media. Kajiado West MP Moses ole Sakuda, who has been a critic of the current leadership, however, changed tune saying that the issues raised were not about Mr Sakaja or secretary-general Onyango Oloo, but were aimed at strengthening the party.
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