Monday June 22, 2020 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has denied claims by ANC Party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, that he owes him a lot of money.
Through his ODM Chairman, John Mbadi, he denied claims by Amani National Congress (ANC) that it is sponsoring chaos in NASA partner parties to deny them a share of their funds from the exchequer.
Mbadi stated that it was shocking that ANC leader, Musalia Mudavadi, was laying claim to the Political Parties Fund’s Sh4.5 billion awarded to the Opposition leader Raila Odinga-led party for the 2013-2017 period.
According to him, ODM was not in any coalition agreement with ANC during the period since Mudavadi contested the Presidency under the United Democratic Forum (UDF) in the 2013.
He stated that it was ODM, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya that were in the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) at the time.
“The Sh4.5 billion they keep referring to is as a result of a court case entered by ODM before 2015.”
“It was before we formed the National Super Alliance (NASA), which ANC is part of,” Mbadi said yesterday.
“We have not received even a shilling from the billions.”
“But even if we were to share the money, it can only be with Ford-Kenya and Wiper,” he added.
Mbadi told Mudavadi to stop dragging ODM into their internal party wrangles, saying ODM had no reason to interfere in the running of other parties.
The MP said even NASA partner parties were not entitled to money the Orange Party would receive from the exchequer since they did not field a presidential candidate in the October 26, 2017 repeat poll.
It is only Jubilee Party and ODM that are entitled to Government funding based on their numerical strength in elective positions.
Mbadi said ANC, Wiper and Ford-Kenya could not, therefore, demand to benefit from the money ODM gets by virtue of the number of its elected leaders.
“We could have shared with them if we were going to get funding from the votes garnered at the presidential level.”
“NASA did not participate in the repeat presidential election,” said Mbadi.
Mudavadi has linked leadership wrangles in ANC and Ford-Kenya to the political parties’ funding.
He has accused ODM of reneging on the agreed formula of sharing the funds and resorting to sponsoring dissent within the parties to block them from demanding a share.
The Kenyan DAILY POST