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January 21, 2019

Special ODM meeting to decide fate of rebel MPs

Lamu Women Rep Aisha Jumwa. /FILE
Lamu Women Rep Aisha Jumwa. /FILE

The Raila Odinga led ODM party has called for a meeting to decide the fate of two MPs and a host of MCAs who have been recommended for expulsion.

The party's disciplinary committee June last year recommended that  Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) and Suleiman Dori (Masambweni) be expelled from the outfit for openly declaring that they support Deputy President William Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.

The committee also recommended the expulsion of six MCAs from Homa Bay county following  acts of violence, unruly behaviour and disobeying party decisions.

They are Dan Were,  Evans Marieba, Julius Gaya, Geoffrey Juma, Paul Ongoro and Joshua Nyabola.

"The Central Committee of ODM resolved to convene an extraordinary sitting of the National Executive Council (NEC) on Thursday, January 24, 2019, to among other matters, to engage the members whose expulsion has been recommended by the disciplinary committee," the statement to the media said.

Read: ODM team wants Aisha Jumwa, Suleiman Dori expelled for supporting Ruto

ODM also announced that on Sunday this week, MPs, MCAs and the leadership of the party will converge at Cornerstone Church to hold special prayers for former MP Irshad  Sumra who will be flying the ODM ticket in the upcoming Embakasi South by-election.

The announcement is a clear indication that ODM has settled on Sumra and there will be no party  nominations.

Supreme Court nullified the election of MP Julius Mawathe and so far at least seven people have so far come out to express interest in the lucrative seat that fell vacant following a petition filed by Sumra.

The apex court nullified the elections on December 21, last year on grounds that there was not evidence to support the results that  IEBC used to declare Mawathe the winner after the August 8, 2017 elections.

Sumra had successfully challenged Mawathe's win at the Court of Appeal after High Court Judge dismissed his initial petition. Mawathe then appealed at the Supreme Court.

Mawathe, who contested the seat on a Wiper ticket and ODM’s Sumra are still viewed as front-runners.

They will however face stiff opposition to capture their respective party tickets as other interested individuals will also seek the tickets.

Jubilee is reported to be considering former Nairobi County deputy speaker and long serving Kware ward MCA Ken Ngondi. 

Ngondi is said to have a strong grass root links having served as Kware MCA for more than 15 years.

The others eyeing the jubilee ticket are  George Gitiba and Samuel Mbugua.

Read: Facing expulsion, Dori meets Raila, gets assurance of fair hearing

More: You betrayed me, Jumwa tells Joho over ODM expulsion bid

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