Former Kisii governor James Ongwae has broken ties with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
In a statement to newsrooms on Thursday, Mr Ongwae attributed the defection to ill-treatment against him together with his supporters during the General Election period and they have decided to join other leaders.
Joining Mr Ongwae in the defection was the ODM deputy chairperson Janet Ongera.
Part of the statement said, “We as members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have today conscientiously decided to resign from the ODM party with immediate effect.”
He continued, saying they will soon announce their next step. “We have today reached this decision having carefully taken stock of the activities preceding the last General Election and more so the ill manner in which the party treated us and our supporters through political patronage by individuals who never had the interest of our community at heart.
“We will soon release a press release on our upcoming political endeavor.”
The former Kisii leader expressed his gratitude to ODM for enabling him to join the party in that role and stated that leaders should work with people who have progressive viewpoints.
It has been a privilege to serve in the ODM; we have no regrets, but we move on to the next stage with a clear vision of how our nation may better manage its political affairs both before and after elections.
In the Raila Odinga-led party, the former governor was a crucial ally.
After the election on August 9, he changed his mind and sided with Kenya Kwanza, the campaign of President William Ruto.