As we continue being entertained and informed about the shadowy nature of the ODM-K Scandinavia interim committee, we see from various media how the embattled committee members are defending themselves. The plot is thickening.
Munala on his Jamii blog has come out openly to ask Osewe of KSB why he should bring out his past life as a church Deacon into ODM-KS matters. Osewe, whom I gather keeps “personal dossiers” of Kenyans in Stockholm, claimed on KSB that his armory is full and he could unleash the necessary missiles when needed.
Munala has been candid enough to explain weaknesses within his past life. Meanwhile, he has left me in stitches writing that Osewe was injecting animals in Kisii-Kenya (read veterinary officer).
Anyway on matters ODM-KS, Osewe writes on his KSB that Mrs Opwapo (the undecided and confused chairlady) has invited Kenyans to the long awaited Party elections on May 19, 2007. For a briefcase Party, she seems NOT to have had any control, because Munala in his latest article, questions many things that are downright negative in the running of a public office. Her leadership is equal to Poor Governance.
I had earlier copied from http://www.narckenyascandinavia.com, the former vice treasurer’s (Jared Odero) resignation letter. He raised concerns that have left me wondering how the ODM-KS committee has been managing its affairs. Remember Munala told us that three (3) committee members had resigned from ODM-KS at different intervals.
The only visible answer to one of Odero’s concerns is the ODM-KS website which is running, but remains hijacked by a faction in the committee, according to Munala.
In an earlier article by Munala, the Chairlady is said to have gone ballistic when he (Munala) tabled Odero’s letter to be discussed during a committee meeting. I noted earlier that she is cantankerous. Today playing the good mother, but suddenly changes into a (shrewd) dictator whose word is final, whether right or wrong.
If one wants a regime change in Kenya, support ODM-K directly through different initiatives. Otherwise for the noisemakers in the Diaspora who do not even possess voters’ cards, remain armchair politicians or engage in worthwhile projects that will develop your personal lives. Why can’t these people engage in empowering themselves in the Diaspora instead of spending so much energy hurling insults on blogs?
The true winners are the “Wanjikus” on the ground in Kenya, who will vote for change. These “Diasporans” are tearing each others jugular veins from the comfort of their new country, yet the true Kenyans have to survive on meager earnings and run down the streets to bring that change.
ODM-KS is an ailing, radarless briefcase Party led by selfish people, whose agenda is negative for the well-being of Kenyans in Stockholm and widely in Scandinavia.
Odero’s resignation letter:
Dear Committee Members,
Greetings from Johannesburg in South Africa. Am here meeting my research partners and the weather is cool, partly sunny, with scattered showers. However, it is a productive stay so far. I am announcing my resignation from the ODMK-S committee membership and Vice Treasurer in advance through this email. If deemed necessary, I will sit with the committee to discuss, but I will exhaust my reasons here, so it will be unnecessary to meet, because my resignation is immediate. It is good to be away because it gives one time to reflect upon certain things in life. I have done this with the ODMK-S matter, and felt that resigning is the most noble thing, though I will remain a party member.
For Blog owners, Osewe and Munala, if you want to improve your hit ratings with this scoop, then you better cut and paste my resignation letter word for word, otherwise I would advice you to leave this as an internal matter, because I was not appointed to the committee via the blog.
Reasons for Odero’s resignation from the ODMKS Committee:
1. Lack of collective drive/push:
When I first joined the committee in November 2006, I was very enthusiastic and hoped that the vision charted (constitution and the 12 point program) would be implemented at the fast pace that the members had. So far, this has not worked and instead there have been loose misinterpretations and deviations from the original scripts. I do not have to quote, but so far all know that we had to re-debate the independence of ODMK-S. I will not even repeat the half-hearted way of dealing with other Kenyans within Sweden, who have shown interest in joining us.
2. Financial challenges:
I foresee challenges ahead in raising money for the ODMK-S office rent and activities, because so far the only solution is to sell drinks, which some do not even buy. This is therefore an unfair way of recruiting money because some are in the bandwagon at the expense of the others. No other clear financial activities have been agreed upon to generate money. I personally do not wish to donate any more personal cash to fund the office. The revival of KUWA et al., remains rhetoric yet rent will be needed soon in 2 months’ time. Alternatively, the lokal can be rented later on a demand-basis, instead of running an underutilized and expensive place every month. We are not even talking of the monthly maintenance fees of SEK 50 any more. No clear strategies are in place to recruit more members, even in Stockholm. ODMK-S cannot be run by the committee alone.
3. Collaboration with ODM-K:
I was enthusiastic in the beginning that ODMK-S would be supporting or challenging ODM-K as per the ODMK-S 12 point program. So far nothing of the sort has happened. The trip to Nairobi by the ODMK-S Chairlady yielded nothing other than personal nods. The Secretary’s trip to Nairobi only unearthed our ignorance on how to collaborate with ODM-K. Clearly, they have no time for us and we do not have the registration fees to be their branch. What is the implication? Individuals do not want to face the bitter truth that our initial ‘baby-steps’ towards ODM-K have been cut short, because there is no formal recognition. On the other hand, what about being critical to ODM-K? So far there are no signs from ODMK-S. When I raised my thoughts on Raila’s display of his Hummer vehicle on entering the Parliament recently, only Osewe responded, and this is on email so I will not repeat it. I do not see any critical voices in ODMK-S who can debate on the crooks in ODM-K without reservations. We cannot claim that we are only focused on the party and not the individuals who form it, because they are inseparable.
4. Side projects:
The confusion exhibited when I raised the Korogocho project issue, only left me wondering whether we are certain about the minutes agreed upon and written, during committee meetings. Some people want the Korogocho project in ODMK-S to gain political mileage, while the reality is that this woman and many others are suffering and need help. I recently donated SEK 500 genuinely to help, so I was puzzled that some people want to hang onto others tailcoats, yet they do not enthusiastically donate to this and cannot even narrate the genesis of this project.
5. Personal agenda in ODMK-S:
I will not reiterate the enthusiasm I had when joining ODMK-S. I found it running but I have also now gathered that there are some people in it for personal and selfish reasons. There have been questionable cash transactions done by others without the full awareness of the committee. A good example is the opening of the ODMK (odm-k.org) Web site which was done with a personal agenda. This project was not sanctioned by the committee, yet it is claimed that money from ODMK-S was used to finance it. For whatever reasons, this project has no impact because the last update on this Web site was on March 7th 2007 and the traffic has almost stopped. We donated money for our own Web site and Munala has been responsible for it. By the time I was leaving Stockholm last week, it was NOT yet up and running.
6. ODMK-S has no impact in Kenyan politics:
So far, nothing has been done by ODMK-S to impact Kenyan politics. There are individuals within ODMK-S who use the media to vent their minds, but the group as an entity is nowhere near there. Raila met the ODM-K Uganda Chapter enthusiasts the other day, meaning that maybe mainstream ODM-K branches and NOT independents like ODMK-S, are closer to those leaders and share a forum to express their support and criticism (while within). It is probably futile for ODMK-S to fight outside the ‘cow-shed’ in the name of being independent. The recent political “tsunamis” in Kenya have been staged while inside the government and not outside.
7. My professional life:
I have a lot on my plate right now within my professional life, so I will set aside more time for this but remain a member of ODMK-S. I think I will be more objective and speak my mind freely as a member and not a committee member. Thank you all and it was a pleasure working together.
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