ODM Party and DP Ruto are on the receiving end of massive trolls on social media after MP Aisha Jumwa reportedly ditched Tanga Tanga and later rubbished the allegations.
On Tuesday, the defiant member was captured on camera together with the Nasa leader Raila Odinga and other officials from the Orange party.
Reports later circulated on social media that the MP had ditched DP Ruto and shifted allegiance to her party leader and ODM candidate, Bernard Imran Okoth, in the Kibra by-election.
A statement by the ODM’s director of communication Philip Etale fuelled the reports after he posted on his social media accounts that Jumwa was back to her mother party.
“Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa today officially ditched Team Tangatanga and vowed to vigorously campaign for Bernard Okoth Imran for the Kibra Parliamentary Seat.
She attended the party Parliamentary Group meeting at County Hall chaired by Party Leader H.E. Raila Odinga. Imran was also introduced to the members,” said Etale in a tweet.
Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa today officially ditched Team Tangatanga and vowed to vigorously campaign for Bernard Okoth Imran for the Kibra Parliamentary Seat. She attended the party Parliamentary Group meeting at County… https://t.co/qLZJsHc8lb
— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) October 1, 2019
However, Etale deleted the tweet hours later raising eyebrows whether his earlier assertions were valid.
But according to Jumwa, who spoke to the Star newspaper, Raila only made a surprise visit to his Parliamentary Service Commission’s Office in the company of the ODM candidate adding that she had not dumped Ruto.
“I was not even aware of ODM having a meeting. Raila invited me to greet Imran and I accompanied him.
I didn’t even know him. That is all and whatever is being spun is not true,” Jumwa told the Star.
Following the revelations by the MP, many Kenyans on social media gave mixed reactions on social media with many making fun over the twist of events.
Here is what Kenyans had to say over the matter:
Propaganda on steroids.
Facts are strange things to this party.
But bro Etale use the opportunity to shine, like do a statement with the truth on the matter. pic.twitter.com/uQGPBIOU1p
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) October 1, 2019
Recently my friend&client @HonJumwa was being threatened with expulsion by ODM now they are falling over themselves to greet her&to get her endorsement for Kibra.Meanwhile they poached Jubilee nominated MP to campaign for them while accusing Aisha for lacking loyalty.Hypocrites
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) October 1, 2019
A simple phone call that made Jumwa change tune:
It's alleged that a phone call from the DPs office threatening Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa–soon as her images endorsing @TheODMparty candidate Imran went viral–with unspecified consequences led her to backtrack on her endorsement. pic.twitter.com/2aAcGmqdOz
— King Fred Asira (@KingFredAsira) October 1, 2019
— Duncan Makori 🇰🇪 (@EngnrDan) October 1, 2019
Ukiskia vile Tanga Tanga Battalion walikuwa wanadai Aisha Jumwa akisifia Ruto ungedhania Ruto ashawin 2022 elections. Now she is back to ODM. Siri za Tanga Tanga Zote baba atajua. She has vowed to campaign for Imran Okoth in the Kibra by-elections. McDonald Mariga ataumia. 😂
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) October 1, 2019
But you forget the deadline was september 30. Hizo noti sasa ni takataka Aisha Jumwa has no business being there now. Smart lady.
— maxwelotieno (@thatmax79) October 1, 2019
Waah kenyans! we cant trend kenya power @KenyaPower Warudishe stima. Instead we are on Aisha Jumwa going back to @TheODMparty. Those politicians when their interest meet they become friends. Am sure they have power in their hoods.
— ISAAC KOSKEI™ (@IsaacKoskel) October 1, 2019
Of all the 300+ legislators, why is Aisha Jumwa being in or out of ODM exciting the masses? Does she command that much support? Is she that much of ‘kingpin’? Was ODM missing her that much? 🤣
— Ja Loka🇰🇪 (@_fels1) October 1, 2019