In Summary
  • Mr Odinga told Kenyans to brace themselves for massive changes ahead of the 2022 polls and warned that those who try to resist will be consumed by a raging tide.
  • ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said the party would remain open to forging new partnerships in future polls.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) says it’s re-engineering itself ahead of the proposed referendum and the 2022 elections, but party officials remained guarded on its leader Raila Odinga’s political future.

Chairman John Mbadi told the Nation that the party would push for constitutional changes through a referendum with a view to having a “more accommodative system”.

He hinted at the possibility of the party endorsing an expanded executive with positions for the presidency, prime minister and deputies.

A source within the party said Mr Odinga is still keen on the presidency or the prime minister’s position.

“As ODM, we would even want to have all the positions, but the reality of the moment will dictate,” Mr Mbadi told the Nation on Tuesday.

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He went on: “The reality is that ODM will not get all the seats. We will negotiate at an appropriate time, but it’s still too early to know which position we’re going to negotiate with, and which one we will go for.

"Right now, we’re pushing for an accommodative government. Whoever is going to occupy which position will be left for Kenyans and, of course, political parties to negotiate.”

ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said the party would remain open to forging new partnerships in future polls. “As a political party, we exist to compete for, and win power and this will not change in any proposed constitutional dispensation,” Mr Sifuna said.

He was however quick to add that the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta Mr Odinga remains about bringing Kenyans together and resolving long-standing challenges to unity.

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