ODM Writes to Speaker Muturi to Demote MP Aisha Jumwa From PSC

  • The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has launched a bid to have Malindi Member of Parliament (MP) Aisha Jumwa demoted from her position in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

    In a letter written to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Minority Whip Junet Mohamed lamented that the "former confidant" of party leader Raila Odinga needed to be removed from the PSC.

    "I seek guidance on how to remove and hence replace a commissioner of the PSC…your urgent consideration of this matter will be highly appreciated," the letter signed by Mr Mohamed read in part.

    The move seems to be the ODM party leader's crackdown against Opposition MPs who have declared support for Deputy President William Ruto's 2022 bid for the presidency.

    [caption caption="ODM party leader Raila Odinga with MP Aisha Jumwa during a past public rally at the Coast"][/caption]

    Close to 10 MPs from the Coast region have already sided with Ruto and have been seen attending the DP's events at the coast.

    Other leaders within the party who have been irked by the apparent shift of loyalty in the region include deputy party leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, who himself has declared intentions to contest for the top seat in 2022.

    Ms Jumwa is among MPs who skipped the parliamentary group meeting chaired by the former Prime Minister in Mombasa earlier in the week.

    ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna noted that the alleged rebel MPs would be summoned and disciplinary measures taken against them following the no-show.

    Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga is poised to be the biggest beneficiary of Jumwa's demotion after she was sidelined the first time.

    The Daily Nation reports that the ODM camp plans to take stern action against the non-compliant MPs through similar demotions from the parliamentary committees they sit in.

    [caption caption="ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna during a past presser at Orange House"][/caption]