ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has said the party will not reverse decision to expel MPs Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) and Suleiman Dori (Msambweni).
Jumwa and Dori had pledged their allegiance to Ruto and supported his 2022 presidential bid. This did not go well with the party that sponsored them to parliament in the 2017 General Election leading to disciplinary measure against the two.
“Blasphemy against Orange Democratic Movement is unforgivable, those who go against the constitution of the party will be punished and as a party we are ready for the by-elections in Malindi and Msambweni,” said Sifuna.
Kwale Senator Isaa Juma Boyi backed the stance ODM has taken to expel the two renegades. The senator said Kwale was solidly behind Odinga and supported Uhuru’s government.
“Their time in ODM is over they should therefore be ready to face the electorate and we shall if they will make it again. The two MPs have abused Raila in public,” said Juma.
ODM’s National Executive Council on Thursday resolved to adopt a report by the party disciplinary committee which recommended the expulsion of the two lawmakers over alleged gross misconduct.
Edwin Sifuna, who is a member of ODM’s NEC and also the party Secretary General, said after a day-long meeting, the party had resolved to forward the recommendation for Jumwa and Dori’s expulsion to the National Governing Council for immediate action.
Mr. Sifuna pointed out that the two lawmakers are free to challenge the decision in court.
He further said that the NEC had directed Minority Whip Junet Mohamed to write to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi for the removal of the two MPs from any committee they sit by virtue of being ODM members.