Orange party has delivered on its MoU with Muslim forum
Posted Monday, May 7 2012 at 16:35
The 2007 General Election was characterised by a desire for change through a change of the constitution.
Come election therefore the ODM won many voters’ support as the party promoting the change. As a result, ODM and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga received massive popular support.
The anticipated victory by ODM prompted minority groups who felt neglected by previous administrations to pledge support.
One such group was the National Muslims Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) which concluded an MoU with the ODM candidate.
While NAMLEF pledged to mobilise the Muslim vote, Mr Odinga pledged to nominate a Muslim cleric on an ODM ticket.
While Mr Odinga never occupied State House after the elections, this did not deter him from fighting for equal rights for all through the constitution.
This is evident in distribution of important posts to previously neglected areas and religions, especially Muslims, as well as women.
Those who allege that Mr Odinga did not fulfil his pledges as per the MoU are not realistic. He has accomplished many of the pledges without even being the president.
Achievements by minority groups following the new Constitution should also bring to mind the fact that ODM fought hard for the new set of laws against a strong tide of those who preferred the status quo.
KHAMISI MWANDARO, Kwale