Namwamba, Masoud "were illegally expelled from ODM" - Disputes Tribunal
Namwamba formed his LPK party, which analysts say would back Uhuru's re-election.
Namwamba, who is now the chairman and pioneer of Labour Party of Kenya and Likoni MP and former Mombasa mayor Mwalimu Masoud Mwahima, were expelled from ODM for allegedly being rebels.
The tribunal chaired by Kyalo Mbobu ruled that Namwamba and Masoud were not given a fair hearing. The tribunal said that the two never faced any disciplinary committee prior to their expulsion.
ODM allegedly reached the decision to expel Namwamba and Masoud following their move to attend the grand launch of Jubilee Party at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on September 10th.
“The report by the disciplinary committee investigating the leaders who publicly defected to other parties, was unanimously adopted by the National Executive Council,” ODM Secretary-General Agnes Zani told journalists earlier at Orange House.
In the meantime, the tribunal upheld the expulsion of Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya, deputy governor of Kisii County Joash Maangi, nominated ODM member of parliament Isaac Mwaura, Mathare MP Steve Kariuki, John Waluke of Sirisia , Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama and Kwale County women representative Zainab Chidzuga.
Namwamba and 13 others were labeled as Jubilee moles, peddling the party’s agenda in the ODM backyards. The party’s National Governing Council, however, pardoned Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani and Igembe Central MP Cyprian Kubai.
Another group of rebellious MPs have been ordered to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee on Thursday.
The ruling by the tribunal comes even as the once embattled Namwamba opted to have his “third force” slated to field candidates for the oncoming general elections. Namwamba pledged support Uhuru’s Jubilee Party.
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