‘Ignore selfish leaders who only care about their stomachs’ – ODM responds after Nyanza MPs met Ruto
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party finally responded shortly after a section of its Members of Parliament (MPs) met President William Ruto at State House on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
In a statement seen by People Daily Digital, the party's communications director, Philip Etale alluded that the meeting did not come as a surprise to them as they have been closely monitoring activities involving some of the leaders.
"The visit to State House this morning by a section of ODM members of parliament has not come as a surprise to the party and the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Movement. The party has been monitoring closely the behind-the-scenes activities involving some of them and today was just the climax," the statement reads in parts.
Etale alleged that the meeting was just one of the schemes that aim to deviate from key issues affecting Kenyans instead of offering clear insights into the problems and solutions.
"They have started spending stolen money to hoodwink some of our leaders with the aim of trying to scuttle our activities. Such meetings are aimed at diverting Kenyans' attention from issues they face, ranging from the high cost of living, unbearable school fees for their children, and corruption," he stated.
Further, they affirmed that regardless of the setback the party remains firm and will continue with the anti-Ruto protests and consultative forums on the numerous issues aforementioned.
"History will judge harshly leaders who want to betray Kenyans by accepting handouts to scuttle the activities of the movement," Etale added.
While terming the move as selfish, the party further called on Kenyans to ignore such leaders since they only 'cared' about their stomachs regardless of the outcome.
"We know that in the quest for legitimate leadership, there are those who will fall by the wayside, and some will be compromised, but the MOVEMENT remains unstoppable. This is a people’s movement aimed at defending the constitution of the land. History will judge harshly leaders who want to betray Kenyans by accepting handouts to scuttle the activities of the movement," Etale affirmed.
"We call on Kenyans to ignore such selfish leaders who only care about their stomachs and not the well-being of the millions of poor Kenyans," he added.