Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa has refused to apologise as a precondition for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to reconsider its decision to expel her from the party.
This is after ODM leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday said the party would give Jumwa a second chance if she apologised “like Msambweni Member of Parliament Suleiman Dori.”
“Kila mtoto akiomba msahamaha anasamehewa. Juzi kwa chama yetu Dori alilia situlimsamehea. Ata Aisha tulisema akikuja tuketi chini naalie tutaangalia maneno yake. Sisi kama wanachungwa tuko pamoja,”said Mr. Odinga.
Loosely translated: “If a child asks to be pardoned you forgive them. Recently in our party, Suleiman Dori begged for forgiveness and we pardoned him… If Aisha Jumwa also pleads for forgiveness, we shall reconsider her fate.”
Mr. Odinga was speaking in Kibera area when he visited victims of the Toi market fire.
In a rejoinder, however, Jumwa dismissed Odinga’s move to hold out an olive branch to her, insisting that her expulsion from the Orange party was flawed.
“I have heard Raila Odinga saying that if I appear before the party they will forgive me… I want to tell him that what I told them before the National Executive Council that remains my position. Let them go back to the records,” said Jumwa.
She claims that while the ODM disciplinary committee is composed of five members, only one of them sat and decided to expel her and Dori before communicating the decision to the ODM National Executive Council (NEC), which she also claims was not properly constituted.
Jumwa says she was surprised by Odinga’s statement asking her to ask for forgiveness, yet he was present when the decision was read out to pardon Dori and expel her.