The position of ODM Executive Director (ED) is an onerous one. It is a serious job since it holds the nerve centre of the party and generally directs the daily operations of the party. However since the current office holder was appointed, he has exhibited extreme incompetence, championed schisms within the staff and party rank and engaged in acts of insubordination. The analysis herein below demonstrates as much;
1. Blatant insubordination; The ED has seized every single moment to undermine the authority and leadership of the party by adopting positions divergent to the official positions of the party. He for instance disparaged and chided the quest for national dialogue, rebuked the party leader’s official reception rally terming it unnecessary and refused to attend all saba saba rallies including the rallies that took place in rift valley. He has openly campaigned for the replacement of the Party leader as presidential party candidate among members of the secretariat.
2. Flagrant falsification of the party delegates register. The ED conceived and authored the dubious party delegates list a head of the February 28th NDC. He blatantly replaced devout and bonafide party delegates who did not conform to his machinations. The NEC is aware that the only members of the secretariat who handled the delegates were ED himself and his personal secretary while ensuring that none of the Directors got involved in the exercise including the Director in charge of the exercise.
3. Failure to provide leadership at the secretariat; The ED has failed to spearhead party operations at the national secretariat. To date, he has not conceived the party strategic plan and the secretariat meetings are rare, irregular and poorly coordinated if and when they happen. A yawning disconnect exists among staff making it difficult to add value to responsibilities at the secretariat.
4. Breach of confidentiality; The ED as the sole custodian of secretariat strategic documentation and communication has the primary responsibility to ensure the party documents and communication remains a highly guarded secret. However, this has not been the case. Some of the secretariat policy documents have found their way either to the media or to our competitors thus compromising the capacity of the party to swiftly execute its strategies and policies as it further entrenches distrust among staff.
5. Incompetence and Complacence; The ED is yet to fulfill the Secretariat Retreat Resolutions which inter alia enjoined him to define and assign the staff to the existing departments. This has made it impossible to instruct the staff not to mention the anxiety they undergo. The lack of certainty in their employment makes them vulnerable to external manipulation with obvious devastating consequences. On many occasions, the ED reports to work on Tuesday and ends his week on Thursdays.
6. The ED’s style of work does not sufficiently take into account the existence of directors and their respective departmental mandates. The secretariat officers get to know of his activities through the media. He does just about everything without seeking the input of the department in which his engagement falls.
7. The ED has perfected the art of creating divisions amongst the secretariat staff thus stifling team work and morale. He has just three individuals he works closely with: Ceaser Asiyo, Maseme Machuka and his personal secretary Mildred Were whose roles are increasingly more as informants than workmates. They dominate his assignments list especially on external missions, meetings and educative workshops while proposals from others are often shot down outside a consultative process. The factional approach influences his political relations outside of the office. He is hostile to those he perceives to be close associates of Party Leader Raila Odinga and castigates their association with the party leader calling them names.
8. There exists general lack of confidence in the ED in a large fraction of the ODM fraternity with many accusing him of stage managing coups in ODM branch leadership in apparent effort to strengthen what he considers his faction within the party.
9. The ED is inadequately in touch (not easy to find on phone). That limits his input on unanticipated occurrences that characterize politics. The situation is aggravated by his known three-day work schedule.
10. In total defiance of the current political environment, the ED has irredeemably failed to ensure effective analysis and monitoring of political developments in the country in order to appropriately advise the party.
Additionally, the ED has failed to actualize the goals set out in his job description as outlined hereunder;
i. To date he has failed to initiate or conceive the formulation of party policies and strategies geared towards helping the party to develop a robust legislative agenda to propel its ideology and endear itself to Kenyans.
ii. He has failed to establish collaborative links and relations with party formations both at the national and county levels.
iii. He has failed to revamp the party communications strategy to enhance its public standing and visibility.
iv. He has failed to establish strategic partnerships with other directors, branch officials and grassroots leaders to drive membership mobilization.
v. To date he has failed to shepherd the formulation and effective implementation of party standard operational procedures, tools and resources for effective and timely delivery of operational support to the party organs.