Lang’ata Member of Parliament Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has said he has not ditched the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.
The Lang’ata MP stated that he is in the Raila Odinga-led party to stay and has no plans of ditching ODM despite working with President William Ruto against party wishes.
“Baba Raila Amollo Odinga na chama ya ODM na muungano wa Azimio, sijatoka chama, sipangi kutoka na sitatoka,” he said.
While speaking during an interview with NTV on Monday, July 10, the first time MP affirmed that he was not coerced into working with President William Ruto.
Jalang’o further noted that there are many MPs in the opposition who would like to work with the president but lack the courage to do so.
As such, the lawmaker said he had no plans of betraying or disrespecting ODM party and its leadership.
“Isiwe ni vurugu, isiwe ni chochote. Mimi I’m an independent mind na sio kukiuka chama ama dharau yoyote, nimeamua kufanya kazi na Rais William Ruto,” he added.
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However, Jalang’o revealed that he has been locked out of all ODM communication platforms, adding that he has been left in the dark on party affairs.
“Sasa hivi nimetolewa kwa communication zote za chama. Kama kuna chochote chama inataka tu support, siwezi jua. Labda nisikie kupitia fununu pale bungeni.” He noted.
The Lang’ata MP noted that being left in the dark on party communication made him feel like an orphan.
Nonetheless, Jalang’o called on Lang’ata residents to allow him work so that he delivers after the five-year period.
“Najua scorecard yangu itawafurahisha sana na tutafanya kazi miaka zingine tano,” he said.
Jalang’o’s remarks comes after a section of ODM MPs received backlash after holding a meeting with President William Ruto at state house.
The renegade MPs include Jalang’o, Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Paul Abuor (Rongo) and Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda.