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Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 19:57 EAT
Budalangi MP and former Secretary General of the Orange Democratic Movement Ababu Namwamba has taken over the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK).
Months after his bitter fallout from the Orange party and apparent snub by his former ally, deputy president William Ruto, Hon. Namwamba announced that he will seek re-election on the LPK ticket.
The party is currently being launched at the Mamba Village in Nairobi, an event that was timed to coincide with the 18th anniversary since the founding of the party by former Assistant Minister Julia Ojiambo, who like Hon. Namwamba comes from Busia County.
According to LPK Secretary General Peter Kubebea, who is also from Busia County, the party has drawn leaders and delegates countrywide and the party will bring a challenge to the both the Cord Coalition and the newly-formed Jubilee Party. “LPK is now ready and raring to compete aggressively and effectively on the Kenyan political map,” said Kubebea.
Hon. Namwamba has been keeping a low profile since he stepped down as the ODM party secretary general two months ago with much fanfare about the formation of a so-called “Third Force” to check the influence of CORD and Jubilee coalitions.
His departure from ODM was, however, marked by revelations by DP Ruto that the MP was among dozens of others who had been lured out of CORD by the Jubilee coalition as part of a strategy to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.
The comments by Ruto hurt Hon. Namwamba substantially, appearing to confirm the fears earlier expressed by his ODM allies that he was undermining the party on Jubilee's behalf.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press