By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
More than 20 MPs have who defected from their parties to join the newly formed Jubilee Party as ODM announces it is set to unveil a new party slogan.
The most affected parties include Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Wiper party, KANU and CCU to join the newly formed party.
And in Mombasa Cord leader Raila Odinga announced that the is set to unveil a new party slogan during the ODM celebrations at Mama Ngina Drive.
Mr Odinga as revealed that he was set to make a special announcement during today’s ODM 10th anniversary in Mombasa County.
“I am back in Mombasa with a special message,’’ he told his supporters on arrival at the Moi International Airport Friday evening.
“We have a strategy on how to remove Jubilee from power which has undermined Kenyans and given so many unfulfilled pledges,’’ the Cord leader said.
He was accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and about 30 MPs from various parts of the country.
And in Nairobi, defectors from different parties joined over 10,000 delegates from 11 parties at Kasarani stadium after the grand merger.
The MPs were paraded before the delegates and introduced by National Assembly leader Aden Duale.
According to the Star, ODM supporters dressed in orange have thronged Mombasa’s Mama Ngina Drive for celebrations to mark the opposition party’s 10th anniversary.
Many arrived on Saturday in matatus while others went in tuk tuks or on foot. Some of those who spoke to the Star said they came from as far as Samburu to hear ODM’s “major declaration”.
Sound systems, three large display screens and a massive dome tent have been erected and banners of politicians seeking various posts strategically located.
The most visible was of Mombasa women representative Mishi Mboko who has set sights on Masoud Mwahima’s Likoni MP seat.
ODM leader Raila Odinga and deputy Hassan Joho said they will give a major announcement and reveal their 10-year strategy.
The strategy is expected to concern removing Jubilee from power, following numerous complaints by ODM including the mismanagement of public resources.
Instructions on ODM’s celebrations will flow from Joho’s office at Prima Bims building where officials handling logistics are stationed.
Armed security officers are manning Mama Ngina Drive while inspectors under deputy director Charles Changawa are controlling traffic.
Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki said enough officers were deployed to handle threats. The VIP stage has been cordoned off.
“We have taken over. The event is totally covered,” he said.
ODM said 450 MCAs, 110 MPs, 18 senators and at least 10 governors will attend the function. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero whose loyalty to the party has been questioned has confirmed attendance.
Mohamed Hatimy, the party’s Mombasa branch chairman, said at least 10,000 supporters were expected.
Raila will meet delegates at Wild Waters complex before making his way to the grounds at around 2pm for the major declaration and parading of Jubilee defectors.
The MPs who have defected from ODM are;
- Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi North)
- Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale County),
- Mustafa Iddi (Kilifi South),
- Peter Shehe (Ganze)
- Masoud Mwahima (Likoni),
- Mburi Apuri (Tigania East),
- Cyprian Iringo (Igembe Central)
- Joseph Lekuton( Laisamis)
- Samuel Arama (Nakuru West).
Deputy Party leader Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga),
Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni)
Regina Ndambuki (Kilome)
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