3 ODM MPs Snub Meeting With Raila Odinga

  • Three Orange Democratic Movement legislators snubbed a two-day retreat in Mombasa for members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Parliamentary Group (PG) with Raila Odinga.

    The three Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Bady Twalib (Jomvu) and Suleiman Dori (Msambweni) absence was not explained.

    Others included Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Paul Katana (Kaloleni), John Mlolwa (Voi) and  Danson Mwishako (Wundanyi).

    Kilifi Woman Representative Gertrude Mbeu and Taita Taveta Senator Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma were also missing from the ODM NEC meeting.

    In the recent past, Jumwa who was a fierce critic of Deputy President William Ruto changed tune and vowed to back the DP's Presidential aspirations in 2022.

    [caption caption="Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa with DP William Ruto"][/caption]

    Jumwa stated that Coast MPs would rally their supporters behind the leadership of DP Ruto, arguing he had what it takes to lead the country when the times comes.

     “Who could imagine that I could meet and work with William Ruto after being on the other side of the Opposition? What happened is now water under the bridge. It’s now a point of no return,” Jumwa stated.

    “We can’t stop an idea whose time has come. 2022, it’s William Ruto. We want to assure you of our support when that time comes,” she added.

    Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori tendered his resignation as the ODM deputy national organising secretary and went ahead to declare his support for DP Ruto.

    “I have been in opposition for over 20 years but still my constituency benefited from the construction of at least 10 roads. A friend in need is a friend indeed. There is no need to waste time but support Ruto," Dori stated.

    This angered some ODM leaders including Kwale ODM chairman Nicholas Zani who proposed disciplinary measures within the party to ensure elected leaders don’t take the electorate’s trust for granted.

    [caption caption="DP William Ruto with Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori"][/caption]

    The absence of the three from the NEC and openly declaring support for the DP has left Kenyans guessing whether this is a way of protesting against ODM politics.