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Raila Odinga Junior seeks to assert himself; Criticizes ODM Leaders

Odinga’s only remaining son Raila Junior has in the last few days drawn mixed reactions on social media after criticizing a section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leaders.  Junior’s recent tweets demonstrate that he is unhappy with what’s going on in his father’s party and has been seen by many as going against the party grain.  

In a tweet interpreted as critical of Deputy Party Leader Ali Hassan Joho, Junior has called for reforms in the ODM party saying “ We as ODM need to find our way back to basics, we’re not just about private jets & slay queens whilst abusing rival politicians, we have a development agenda clearly outlined in our manifesto, let’s focus on service delivery, democratic space, protecting private citizen rights”

And just the other day following the arrest of Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Raila Junior slammed minority whip, Junet Mohamed, for not defending his fellow legislator.  He tweeted, “Actually Junet Mohamed, as minority whip in the house and senior parliamentarian, I believe your position should be that even though you don’t necessarily agree with what Oscar Sudi said, you’ll defend his right to say it. Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of our democracy!” He tweeted.

The latest moves by Junior mirror his father Raila Odinga who also went against his father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga opting to chart his own political path rather than stick to his father’s party Ford Kenya.

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