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Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 20:14 EAT
CORD co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula are expected in Mombasa on Saturday to celebrate the ongoing Orange Democratic Movement’s 10th anniversary.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho today announced that the county would be hosting the event and invited all opposition supporters to attend.
Opposition leaders will be in the Coastal town while President Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and invited guests would be at Nairobi’s Kasarani unveiling the new Jubilee Party (JP).
“I officially announce that our great county will host ODM’s “10 at 10” celebration scheduled for this Saturday, September 10 – an extravaganza that will inspire the hearts and minds of the people of the republic. On that day, Kenyans will be reminded of the rich history of our party and will see for themselves the great vision we have for the next ten years. #TukutaneMombasa”, said Joho in a statement that was also posted on his Facebook page.
The party marked its 10th anniversary at Laico Regency Hotel on Friday evening, during which members were awarded certificates of appreciation.
Speaking prior to the occasion ODM leader Raila Odinga said without his party Kenyans would not have realised a new Constitution in 2010. According to Raila, the regime of President Mwai Kibaki, who took power in 2003, was not ready to embrace reforms, adding that ODM was forced to accept an imperfect Constitution rather than none at all as it saw it as work in progress.
Raila says Kenya is lagging behind and is being overtaken by her neighbours due to vices such as corruption. He exuded confidence that ODM will be in power come the next General Election riding on a pro-change platform.
In his statement Joho also rekindled how ODM was born in Mombasa after Raila and other top politicians in former President Mwai Kibaki’s government campaigned for the rejection of a constitution that the government was fronting.
“A decade ago, after more than 30 years of heartfelt searching, Kenyans went to vote in a referendum to decide on the proposed Kilifi Constitutional Draft. A decision that would echo in the history of our country for eternity. The goodwill surrounding the 100 day promise of the NARC government had been hijacked by forces determined to subvert the free will of the people to realize a new constitutional dispensation.
“That fateful November of 2005, the people of our great nation overwhelmingly voted to reject the mutilated draft pushed by anti-change elements prevailing at the time. Out of this effort was born the Orange Democratic Movement; Kenya’s biggest and greatest political party. The party that fought against a bad constitution in 2005 and later in 2010, fought to bring alive the good one”.
The governor says ODM has brought about electoral reform, brought Devolution to Kenyans, and defeated the draconian Security Laws and the party that continues to fight for Kenyans every day against Corruption.