Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, who was elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket says that the party can no longer be trusted.
After shifting allegiance from ODM to United Democratic Alliance (UDA) a party associated with William Ruto’s, Josphat Nanok predicts a mass exit from one of Kenya’s oldest political parties.
“The stampede out of ODM has just begun and a shell will remain. I was the first to leave and was removed from National Vice-Chair in a flash,
“Interests drive politics so when not met, people have a choice (but) to divorce. The winds of a paradigm shift are blowing strong all over,” Nanok wrote in a tweet.
The 2-time governor and former MP further explained why the ODM party is losing some of its former fierce defenders.
“Orange Democratic Movement can no longer be trusted to keep loyal friends and coalition partners,
“In Turkana, I build the brand Raila (Odinga)from scratch, and that is why he pocketed the presidential votes in 2013 and 2017,” he said while responding to lawyer Donald Kipkorir who accused Nanok and some other ODM members who ride on Raila’s popularity then dump him later.
However, according to Raila Odinga, he is the one who made the Turkana Governor into what he is now and it is unfortunate he dumped him.
In a past visit to Turkana, Raila Odinga faulted Nanok for going against him, yet he mentored his political journey.
“I met him while he was working with an NGO, campaigned for him until he was elected a Member of Parliament. I even appointed him as an assistant minister,
“I, later on, campaigned for him here in Turkana until he became governor. But in his second term, he is abandoning me and joining my opponents. It is his right,” Raila Odinga said.
The mistrust accusations by Josphat Nanok were sparked by the ODM’s decision to kick out Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi from his position as county party chairman.
In an acceptance statement, Amason Kingi said he is the one who has kept the popularity of ODM in Kilifi growing, only to be ousted.