Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna revealed why the party had been silent in regard to Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s corruption charges.
Sifuna was responding to a firey reply from Deputy President William Ruto who accused ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga of double speak.
“We have demonstrated it, I’m giving the example of Migori Governor Okoth Obado, have you seen us calling for prayers like you saw at Walukhe’s home, we have not done that.
“The former Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero is a staunch member of ODM, he is facing corruption charges but he understands that it has nothing to do with the party, we believe that he has the capacity to defend himself because we were not there when these things were happening,” he explained.
Sifuna added that the party has not called for a press conference to defend Kidero and also cited Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who is facing corruption charges but the party had not held prayers at his home either.
The Sec-Gen branded Tangatanga as criminals for holding prayers for Sirisia MP John Walukhe who was sentenced to 67 years in prison over the Sh297 million maize scandal.
“Criminals from the Tangatanga side, they have a convicted felon, Walukhe is not a suspect, he is a convict but they are holding prayers for him, they are raising harambees for him so that they release him.
“Those in Tangatanga are not people to lecture anyone with regards to corruption cases, someone like the Deputy President, everyday he criticises bodies such as DCI,” he noted.
Sifuna also clarified his previous statement noting that he did not clear any ODM member from the KEMSA scandal but will let justice take its course.
ODM has been under fire since releasing a statement on Saturday, August 22 on the Covid-19 scandal that has rocked the country.
In the statement, ODM was responding to Ruto’s remarks about being sidelined from the government as Sifuna accused him of jealousy.
“It expresses the jealousy of being left out of the gravy train,” stated Sifuna.