Kwale, KENYA: An ODM movement from Msambweni constituency in Kwale county dubbed Ngumu tupu handshake is pushing for the expulsion of Msambweni Mp Suleiman Dori and his Malindi counterpart Aisha Jumwa.
Led by their chairman Chitembe Hassan, the movement accused the legislators of allegedly being disrespectful to the party leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Hassan Joho.
Speaking on Saturday while addressing members of the press in Diani, Chitembe insisted that the duo should be dismissed from the party as punishment for shifting their allegiance to deputy president William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
He demanded that a by-election is conducted as soon as the ODM rebel MPs are expelled from the party.
“I ask the defiant legislators to wait for the decision by Odm national executive council (NEC) because we want a by-election and it’s upon the party leader Raila Odinga to let go the rebel MPs to look for jobs elsewhere,” he said.
Chitembe affirmed that the movement will endorse Iddy Boga who has been eyeing for the Msambweni parliamentary seat as their most preferred candidate to raise the ODM flag in case a by-election is to be held.
He further took issues with the lawmakers where he warned them against competing and comparing themselves with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
“Joho is not your size and will no longer be on the same level,” he said.
He revealed that they will back Joho for 2022 presidential race.
“We see Joho as our president in 2022 and we will fully support him as Kwale people and Coast at large,” he added.
The duo was last year found guilty of violating party rules by a disciplinary committee which recommended for their expulsion.
However, ODM party leader Raila Odinga said their fate will be decided on a fair hearing before the party’s National Executive Council (NEC).