10 ODM rebels risk by-election as party upholds expulsion decision

10 ODM rebels risk by-election as party upholds expulsion decision

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga (left) together with Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba who is among the ODM rebels who risk a by-election. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Ten rebel legislators risk facing a by-election nightmare after a special sitting of  ODM’s  National Governing Council (NGC) on Monday upheld its decision to expel party members who defected.

In a statement, the Special Session was convened under Article 7.4.2 as read together with Article 8.4.5 of the Party Constitution and the relevant national legislation.

In making the decision, the NGC considered the appellants’ case through their Lawyer Mr. Kioko Kilukumi and recalled its earlier decision of the 31st October 2016 at Bomas of Kenya.

“During the meeting, the delegates went through the appeal by the affected members and concluded that the appellants had not raised any cogent reasons and or sufficient grounds to warrant the NGC to vacate its earlier decision hence upholding it.” The statement indicated.

The statement pointed that the party Executive Director Mr. Oduor Ong’wen, presented the report of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Party chaired by the Westlands MP  Mr. Timothy Wanyonyi, to the NGC on the decision to uphold its earlier resolve to expel the ten members from the party.

The expelled members are Kwale governor Salim Mvurya , Kwale women rep Zainab Chidzuga , Kisii county deputy governor Joash Maangi , Mathare mp, Stephen Kariuki , Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura, Nakuru west Town MP Hon. Samuel arama , Sirisia legislator Hon. Rtd. Major John Waluke ,Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima and MCA viwandani in Nairobi Hon. Samwel Nyangwara.

The decision to expel the ten was made unanimously in a special sitting of the NGC presided over by the Deputy Party Leader Mr. Wycliffe Oparanya and immediately communicated in writing to the Registrar of Political Parties Ms. Lucy Ndung’u for action.

Now, Ms. Ndung’u is expected to communicate in writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly as well as Speakers of the Counties where the affected Governor and Deputy Governor were elected to serve for further action.