ODM resolves to expel 2 MPs from the party

ODM sends two MPs packing

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna (centre) flanked by NEC members addressing the press at a Nairobi hotel

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has resolved to expel Malindi lawmaker Aisha Jumwa and his Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori.

On Thursday, in a statement, ODM said that it had also decided to dewhip the Members of Parliament from all Parliamentary committees.

The two are accused of not toeing the party lines by declaring support for DP Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.

The Constitution dictates that the office of a member of Parliament becomes vacant if the MP resigns from the party.

Additionally, the office of a legislator can be vacant if the MP is otherwise removed from office under the Constitution.

The Political Parties Act provides that a party member may only be expelled for contravening the party constitution, and after being accorded a fair hearing in accordance with internal dispute resolution mechanisms.

Whenever the Registrar receives a complaint from any person requesting that a member of a political party be deemed to have resigned, the Registrar assess whether the complaint is justified.

If the Registrar finds reasonable cause, they notify the person so complained of and the political party he is a member too.

ODM chairman Raila Odinga had chaired a meeting that adopted a report which recommended the expulsion of Jumwa, Dori, and seven ward representatives — six from Homa Bay and one from Busia — from the party.

Jumwa and Dori, who were both elected on an ODM ticket in the 2017 elections, were accused of party disloyalty after they declared their support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 State House bid. 

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