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Joho donates Ksh600K to Migori church as race for ODM leadership heats up

Monday, May 27th, 2024 09:19 | By
Hassan Joho at a church fundraiser in Nyatike, Migori. PHOTO/@TheODMParty/X.
Hassan Joho at a church fundraiser in Nyatike, Migori. PHOTO/@TheODMParty/X.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy party leader Hassan Joho and EALA MP Suleiman Shabhal on Sunday, May 26, 2024, donated Kshs900K to a church in Nyatike, Migori County.

The former Mombasa governor and his former political rival were hosted by Migori governor Ochillo Ayako at a fundraiser for Macalder SDA church.

Raila's contribution

ODM in a statement this morning has said Joho contributed a total of Kshs600K, which included the Orange party leader Raila Odinga's contribution of Kshs300K.

Shabhal gave a donation of Kshs300k at the event that was dominated by ODM campaigns.

"DPL Hassan Joho ⁦officiated a fundraiser in aid of the MACALDER SDA CHURCH in Nyatike Sub-County of Migori County. He said ODM is strong and united. DPL gave Sh. 600K which included Sh. 300K from PL Raila Odinga. EALA legislator Hon. Shabhal gave Sh. 300K," ODM said in a statement.

Drumming support for ODM

Joho drummed up support for the ODM party, promising to steer it should Raila step down as the leader after he clinches the African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship.

Joho said the Orange party should live beyond himself, Raila and other leaders.

He told the residents that he would steer the ODM party into forming a government during the next 2027 general elections.

ODM Deputy Party Leader Hassan Joho and EALA MP Suleiman Shabhal at a fundraiser event in Nyatike, Migori County. PHOTO/@TheODMparty/X.

ODM succession politics

The former Mombasa governor, his fellow ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi are some of the ODM top leadership that are fighting to take charge of the party should Raila step down.

In March 2024, Raila was forced to urge other ODM party leaders to refrain from stoking succession disputes that may fuel ethnic divisions.

Raila who had toured the Malindi Islamic Centre for Orphans during their fundraiser initiative to help in the infrastructure and education of the needy emphasised his continued leadership within the party, dismissing any notion of a leadership vacuum.

Raila likened those vying for leadership to individuals seeking to marry a woman while her husband is still alive.

"We need to keep this party alive. So whether it is Joho or Oparanya or me, we will move forward as a party," Raila said.

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