Why Msambweni and Malindi might soon hold by-elections

A ballot box in the past elections. Lobby group wants Msambweni by-election slated for December postponed./COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA: Malindi and Msambweni constituencies may be forced to undergo a by-election after Orange Democratic Movement National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to expel  Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Katana Jumwa and Msambweni Mp Suleiman Dori from the party.

This is after NEC met Thursday in Nairobi to listen to members who have been recommended for expulsion by the Disciplinary Committee of the party.

According to the Secretary-General of the party Edwin Sifuna, the two should be de-whipped from all parliamentary committees they serve in the national assembly with immediate effect and that the minority Whip should move with speed to make the communication to the leadership of the House.

Sifuna also recommended that, Disciplinary Committee to have the two legislature expelled from the party and forward the same recommendation to the National Governing Council (NGC) for ratification.

He added that the two leaders were each accorded adequate time to defend their position in line with the recommendation made by the disciplinary committee in a report which was presented to the national Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday 4 December 2018 for consideration. Having listened to each one one of them, NEC came to a conclusion of expelling them.

This means the two constituencies may lack a parliamentary representative if the party writes to the speaker of parliament to declare the seat vacant.

This is after the two lawmakers decided to back Deputy president Dr. William Ruto presidential candidature come 2022 which  ODM bearers totally oppose.