The Orange Democtaic Movement (ODM) has now distanced itself from claims that it is using the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to reposition itself ahead of the 2022 polls.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, party secretary- general Edwin Sifuna instead lampooned major media houses in the country for providing fertile grounds for opponents of the initiative and the Handshake to entrench their propaganda and misinformation.
Of major concern, he said was the false narrative perpetuated by the mainstream media that the party and its leader Raila Odinga were using the BBI to gain political mileage.
“For the past few days, the media has been awash with regurgitated talking points and propaganda of the main opponents of the Handshake and the BBI, in particular, the false narrative that the party and its leader are using the initiative to achieve their 2022 ends,” read part of the statement.
Sifuna added that following the handshake that brought together President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga, the party had opted for peaceful engagements and not confrontational politics as their opponents had hoped.
He further stated that the orange party was not presently preoccupied with 2022 politics but rather to unify the country and build a prosperous future going forward.
He maintained that Mr. Odinga had not expressed interest in running for any elective seat come 2022 and warned the media against using the same to divert the attention of Kenyans from the current agenda.
“Our party leader has not declared interest to run for any seat in the 2022 general elections. If and when he intends to, he will do it in broad daylight just like he has done previously,” he stated.
Political pundits have however continued to link Mr. Odinga to the initiative which he maintains will soon culminate into a referendum.
The former Nairobi senatorial aspirant further distanced his party from the internal wrangles that now threatens to tear the Jubilee party right down the middle saying they were interested in addressing more important duties like building bridges, combating graft and ensuring electoral justice.