Kwale, KENYA: Orange Democratic Movement officials from Kwale County have called on Governor Salim Mvurya to resign from his position and seek fresh mandate from electorate on a different party.
This comes a week after Governor Mvurya announced that he will ditch ODM and support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 General Elections.
Speaking at the Msambweni branch ODM offices, the officials said that Mvurya should go for the launch of the Jubilee party and come back having resigned.
“We are challenging him to go for the launch and resign immediately after coming back to the county ready to seek fresh mandate,” said Msambweni ODM chairman Abdallah Banda
Currently, political parties affiliated to Jubilee are holding separate National Delegates Conferences in Nairobi to ratify decision to dissolve the parties and merge to form Jubilee Party on Saturday 10th.
Mambo said that Mvurya ditched ODM because he feared influential politicians within the party in the Coast region.
“Mvurya feared the Deputy party leader, Hassan Joho, and we wondering why he should fear him and he is just a governor like him,” he said.
The officials said they will call different stakeholders in the CORD coalition to vet all those who want to run for the gubernatorial seat with ODM ticket and pick one candidate.
They argue that Kwale is an ODM zone and the seat must be retained within the party.
“Mvurya is behaving like a son who has two fathers, biological and step father, and he has opted to run to the step father now the curse of the biological father has caught up with him.” Said Sheikh Amir Banda the Msambweni ODM adviser.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga is expected in Mombasa together with party delegates from all over Kenya, where a mega party is expected to be held to celebrate ODM’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Mvurya will be attending the Jubilee celebrations in Nairobi and skip the event; this is because of the bad blood between him and ODM deputy party leader Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
All eyes are now set on Tana River Governor Hussein Dado who also shifted allegiance.