Nominated Senator Agnes Zani
Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba has seven days to officially tender his resignation as secretary general, ODM’s top management organ has said.
The National Executive Council said they are still treating the matter of Ababu’s planned exit as “continued absence from duty for several weeks”.
The NEC told journalists on Thursday that Nominated Senator Agnes Zani will take over in acting capacity.
“The NEC has given him seven days to resume duty or formally communicate his decision to the party for appropriate action to be taken,” Zani said after a closed-door meeting that party leader Raila Odinga also attended.
The party also threatened to return to the streets on grounds that the select committee put together to discuss the IEBC stalemate is being sabotaged.
Officials said the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee was running a parallel process exclusively assigned to the joint committee.
ODM demanded that the committee chaired by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga suspends its deliberations with immediate effect.
“Or else we revert to the street protests until a genuine process is realised,” officials said in a statement to the media.
“We believe the work of the committee is a deliberate move by the Jubilee administration to frustrate the work of the joint parliamentary team.”
A new board to oversee the party’s elections and nominations was constituted as the former group was disbanded
The board will be chaired by Judy Pareno with Robert Arunga, Norah Anindo, Ibrahim Rashid and Edwin Nyale as members.
The team was tasked with conducting the party’s primaries before February 2017 to give room for addressing complaints and allow early preparation for general elections.
“NEC directs anyone holding party positions and intends to vie for seats in the general election to vacate office by December 31, 2016 to pave the way for the preparations of the party primaries,” ODM said.
The executive council also asked National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to respect constitutional institutions and the rule of law and re-admit Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi to parliament.