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Raila explains conspicuous absence of Hassan Joho after the election

Raila explains conspicuous absence of Hassan Joho from the ODM party affairs after the August general elections.

Raila Odinga, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader on Sunday, January 8,  denied reports of unrest in his party, explaining the conspicuous absence of former Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho from party affairs.

On Sunday, January 8, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga denied rumors of unrest inside the party, which were indicated by the glaring absence of former Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho.

He said that after the elections on August 9, the lawmaker would resume his job as deputy party leader.

“Joho is out of the country, but he will come back. I have talked to him a couple of times.

“When he comes, he will resume his duties and continue to make his contributions,” Raila noted. 

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Raila Odinga was responding to allegations that he was losing grip of the Coast region- which has been his perceived stronghold in the past elections. 

Ali Hassan Joho, the former governor has been conspicuously absent from the party affairs after the August 9 General Election. 

Additionally, rumors of Joho’s purported resignation from the ODM as deputy party leader circulated, with detractors warning of the coalition led by Azimio la Umoja’s breakdown.

The Azimio coalition had also faced heavy criticism after governors affiliated with the coalition had affirmed to work with President William Ruto. 

Raila responded by stating that he had given the governors his blessing to cooperate with the in-power administration.

He also urged the media to stop labeling the governors of Azimio as political defectors.

“I want to warn journalists against writing misleading stories about Azimio governors defecting. Meeting President Ruto or welcoming the Head of State does not mean that they are no longer with us,” he stated in Mombasa on Friday, January 6. 

“Azimio is alive and going. It’s as bold as a lion. Journalists should not confuse that with defection,” the former prime minister added. 

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