Former National Assembly majority leader and Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has likened Raila Odinga’s party Orange Democratic Movement ODM to a cult, adding the party is not democratic.
Speaking on the Jeff Koinange Live show on Citizen TV, the legislator said the left ODM Party in 2009 because its leadership does not give room to independent thinking.
The 3-time MP also noted that when one leaves the ODM party, they go on to lose an election.
“ODM is a cult, nobody can speak. Why did I leave in 2009? It is a cult, it is like the catholic church, the pope, structures ” the Garissa Township MP said.
Suba MP John Mbadi, who was also on the show, said that he and other support Raila Odinga by choice, and not because they are not a liberty to join other parties.
“The fact that we support Raila Odinga should not be seen as if we are held, hostage. I can also say he is held hostage by (Deputy President) William Ruto,” Mbadi said.
However, Aden Duale’s statement irked members of the public after dragging in the Catholic church and effectively suggesting it is a cult.
However, the Garissa Township MP quickly noticed his mistake and clarified, saying he has respect for the Catholic church.
“The catholic church, in terms of tenancy and everything is very close to the Islamic faith. I have a lot of respect for (the Catholic church),” he clarified.
Aden Duale also blamed ODM for Jubilee Party’s failure to deliver effectively for Kenyans in the second term.
The Jubilee Party, he said, was banking on the Big four agenda as its legacy, and also to improve its chances in the 2022 General Election.
“What happened? The handshake, BBI nonsense took the center stage and the whole focus was lost. The handshake has not unified this country, today Kenya is more divided, insecure,” he said.
The heated debate comes at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are working on making their march 2018 handshake more solid.
After a meeting held at State House in Mombasa, it emerged that Uhuru has thrown his full support behind Raila as his preferred successor.