Kenya: We Have Not Betrayed ODM, Gem MP and MCAs Maintain

Siaya — Elected leaders from Gem constituency, Siaya have maintained their full support to the Orange Democratic Movement party, despite snubbing last week’s Saba Saba demonstrations called by the opposition.

Gem Member of Parliament, Elisha Odhiambo and members of the Siaya county assembly, Seth Baraka Ochieng (East Gem), Silas Madingu (Central Gem) and Brian Ochieng Anyango Obiero (South Gem) told a congregation at Owila Church of Christ in Africa in Gem constituency that they were committed to the unity of both the constituency and Siaya county at large and on the material day, they were in a meeting aimed at championing reconciliation between governor James Oren go and legislator Odhiambo.

Addressing the media after the church service, the leaders called for reconciliation amongst Siaya leaders, adding that hard line tones adopted by some of them would negatively affect service delivery.

Legislator Odhiambo, who has of late been accused of drifting towards Kenya kwanza maintained that he was in ODM to stay, adding that he will be the next secretary general of the party.

“I am a member of the ODM and I will be the next secretary general. They must allow me to vie for the post” he said adding however that he will accept defeat and support whoever will win the contest once party elections are called.

Odhiambo said that as an MP, he will work with all MCAs from his constituency to ensure optimum service delivery to the electorate.

He however said that there was need for accommodation of divergent views.

“We need to embrace each other and must get this country to a level that can appreciate that leadership is about providing solutions” he said.

The legislator denied that his meeting with the elected Gem constituency MCAs on 7/7/2023, the day that the opposition called for demonstrations was a deliberate move to scuttle the demonstrations in Gem constituency.

The MCAs who also addressed the media said that their meeting with the legislator was aimed at building reconciliation between Odhiambo and Siaya governor, James Oren go, noting that the strained relations between the two was impacting on the area development.

“We went to plead with the MP to tone down on his attacks on governor Oren go and urge him to sit down with him and iron out their differences” said East Gem MCA, Seth Baraka Ochieng.

They further said that they wanted to establish from the legislator whether the county government of Siaya and the assembly had been informed of the proposed presidential visit slated for later this month.