Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has found himself between a rock and a very hard place following the decision by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal stopping him from leading the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK).
Ababu cannot transact any business on behalf of LPK following a successful application by Mr John Barasa Makokha.
The ruling by Kyalo Mbabo and Milly Odongo read:
“in order to avoid confusion in the affairs of the party, an interim order is hereby issued to restrain the respondent herein, by her servants, agents, from acting or purporting to act or representing and holding himself as member and party leader of the Labour Party of Kenya pending the hearing and determination of the application inter parties.”
Raila Odinga has extended an olive branch to the renegade ODM legislator saying he has room for him he toes the party’s line.
The former ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba troubles started immediately he ditched the party.
The envisaged ‘third force’ that was to unite the Luhya community came a cropper after Sirisia MP John Waluke and his Funyula counterpart Paul Otuoma jumped ship leaving Ababu alone.
The chest thumping Ababu was the brains behind the much hyped ‘mulembe consciousnesses’ that saw him ditch ODM in a huff.
The Sirisia MP has since decamped to Jubilee from ODM after relinquishing his position as the opposition party county chairman.
Speaking at Kibeu Primary School Waluke said:
"My constituency has been marginalised by former regimes and my people are still living in abject poverty,"
"I am officially joining and will next year vie on a Jubilee Party ticket which is a very democratic party so that my people can benefit."
He went on to say about his party leader Raila:
"Odinga should concentrate on areas like Rift Valley and Central where he has less votes. Why should he be roaming in Kakamega and Busia counties alone? Those areas have been taken by Jubilee... let him forget them"
Otuoma on his part said he will remain in ODM regardless of the friction in the party.
"The Luhya must not be blinded from obvious truths,"
"You cannot leave your home and have no plan. There must be a plan. There must be a structure." Otuoma said.
Ababu has been left in an awkward position and is said to be reaching out to Cord leader Raila Odinga to embrace him ahead of the next general elections.