Raila- ‘I instructed ODM leadership to give rebels who met Ruto the benefit of the doubt’
- Raila Odinga, the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, has changed his position on rebels who have been warming up to the government.
In an interview that aired on KTN , Raila claimed that the rebel ODM Members of Parliament (MPs) had written to him to explain why they had chosen to visit President William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua at State House.
“They were there when Ruto went to Nyanza and they said that Ruto had promised certain projects which they are following and that’s why they went to State House. I have received written communication from them saying they did not defect from ODM, they just went because they are following the projects,” Raila said.
“Phelix Odiwuor (Jalang’o) is not from Nyanza he is from Lang’ata. He was there,” Ken Mijungu interjected.
Raila said that Lang’ata MP Jalang’o told him that he had to go to the State House because Ruto is his friend but had not defected from ODM.”He was there. He says the president is his friend and he’s gone there but he has not said he has left ODM,” Raila responded to Ken Mijungu.
The ODM leader further said he instructed the party’s top organs to give the rebel MPs the benefit of doubt on their explanations regarding the State House visits.
“I am really the one who said give them the benefit of doubt, deal with them if the party wants to carry out disciplinary action against them. But I have said give them the benefit of doubt coz going to State House is not a crime as long as you make it known to the party,” Raila said.
“Going the way they did causes problems. If they want to move is not going to be the first time, remember we used to have defections those days but in those days those people were doing what is required by the law. If you are moving away from the party that sponsored you to parliament you have to resign and go and contest the election in a new party. We welcome them to go and re-contest,” he added.