By Tobby Otum
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will conduct its party primaries before the end of this year.
Party leader Raila Odinga confirmed ODM will conduct its grassroots elections aimed at strengthening the party structure.
He insisted the party will carry out its elections from the grassroots to the national level.
“The move is aimed at cleaning the party leadership from the grassroots level to the national level,” he pointed out.
Raila defended the move saying it will make the party more variable and stronger.
He was speaking during an ODM leadership forum with delegates drawn from Mombasa county held at Tononoka Social Hall in Mombasa County.
The ODM leader called for party unity and urged members to work as a team and extend love to each other.
Raila urged party members to shun political bickering which creates hatred among the members.
He told the forum that his mission is to preach the party gospel of unity and prepare for the party grassroots elections.
“No part of the country will be left out from the grassroots to the national level,” he pointed out.
The ODM party leader revealed during the Azimio la Umoja governors’ retreat last year they had agreed on how their governors will chart the way forward to work with the national government.
Raila said they had come up with ways and means and modalities to work with the national government.
He added the working relationship between county governments and the national government is well stipulated in the constitution.
“The role of county governments and the national government is well defined in the 2010 constitution,’’ he pointed out.