Jubilee Suspends Rebel MCAs for Supporting Sonko

  • Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju (left) and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (right)
    Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju (left) and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (right)
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  • The Jubilee party has suspended three members of the Nairobi County Assembly for going against the party's position on various issues including voting to support Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in shooting down the county's budget.

    The three MCAs, Ann Thumbi, Silvia Museiya and Millicent Jagero, appeared before a disciplinary committee on Friday, November 27, at the party's headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi.

    They were accused of going against the party's position on the Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill, 2020, where Governor Sonko refused to consent to the county's Ksh37.5 billion budget.

    Nominated MCA Anne Thumbi.
    Nominated MCA Anne Thumbi.
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    The legislators are among those who voted in favour of the governor's memorandum that rejected the budget against the party's position.

    The MCAs were also accused of undermining the Jubilee Party leadership at the national and county levels.

    The disciplinary committee found the MCAs guilty of the charges and suspended them from the party for three months.  

    "The charged members are dewhipped in accordance with the Jubilee Party constitution and also from all the committees of the Nairobi City County Assembly in which they serve for a period of six months," the committee's chairperson Muchai Lumatete.

    The reasoned decision shall be delivered within 14 days in accordance with regulation 5 of the Jubilee party National Disciplinary Committee Regulations 2017.

    Anne Thumbi's loyalty to the party was questioned during the 2019 Kibra by-elections as many sought to know whether she would side with Macdonald Mariga or ODM's Imran Okoth, former Kibra MP Ken Okoth's brother.

    Thumbi revealed her stand when she stood in solidarity with the Jubilee Candidate Mariga, although the party officials had said they will support ODMs Okoth.

    In a related development, Sonko's impeachment motion kicked off in the national assembly.

    On Thursday, November 26, 86 MCAs out of 122 had already signed to support Sonko's impeachment.

    Sonko is accused of graft, abuse of office and violating the constitution. 

    Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko rejects the Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill, 2020 on Thursday, October 15.
    Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko rejects the Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill, 2020 on Thursday, October 15.
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