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Aden Duale: I left ODM party because it is like a cult

By , People Daily Digital
Thursday, August 12th, 2021 07:46 | 2 mins read
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale Photo/PD/FILE

Garissa Township MP Aden Duale says he was forced to leave the ODM party for lack of democracy.

Speaking to Citizen Tv on Wednesday, August 11, Duale said ODM Party is like a cult since there are structures that must be followed without negotiation.

He compared the management of the Raila Odinga-led party to a Catholic church where he claimed the Pope’s word is final.

He says lack of freedom of expression in the Orange Party is what made him quit since members are not authorized to speak their minds to the disadvantage of the party leader.

“I was among the people who were among the founding members of ODM and that is why I had to leave in 2009. ODM is a cult, nobody can speak; It is like a Catholic church where if the Pope speaks, it is final. It has structures but Jubilee is a democratic party," he said.

Duale was responding to a question regarding a section of MPs from the Tanga Tanga faction abusing President Uhuru Kenyatta yet he is their party leader.

The leaders in question include Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro among others.

According to the former Majority leader, every party has leaders like Sudi and Nyoro who are too vocal to a level that they cannot respect their party leader and even a big office like that of the President.

Duale challenged voters to elect leaders who have morals so that they can fight for important national issues rather than abusing their colleagues and those they disagree with.

“I condemn those leaders, either from the President or deputy president side, who use vulgar language, those who utter unpalatable words. But they are found in every political formation,” Duale said.

“Our standard, in terms of the kind of leaders we elect, is going down. But is upon voters to correct the mistake,” he added.

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