ODM MPs in William Ruto’s camp are on their own, says Edwin Sifuna

By Daily Nation

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Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement has distanced itself from its MPs’ support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

Several Orange party lawmakers from the Coast at the weekend declared their support for Mr Ruto during his tour of the region.

But ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna on Monday said the party’s position is “that we will not discuss 2022 politics” and as such, the statements attributed to the legislators were their personal opinions.

“We are focused on electoral justice, which is a subject of the proposed dialogue between H. E Raila (Odinga) and Uhuru (Kenyatta) and further on getting justice for the victims of police brutality following the 2017 elections,” Mr Sifuna told the Nation.

On Sunday, Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja, and MPs Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Jones Mlolwa (Voi), Ali Mbogo (Kisauni) and Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi) said they would support Mr Ruto in 2022.

They spoke during a fundraiser at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Voi, Taita Taveta County.

Ms Jumwa, who was fierce critic of President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto in the run-up to the 2017 elections, said she would stand behind the DP.