ODM rebels out of com­mit­tees

The party re­moved them for be­ing too friendly to Ju­bilee

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

ODM has dis­charged six rebel MPs from par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees in the lat­est at­tempt by the Or­ange party to in­stil dis­ci­pline among mem­bers.

The party cracked the whip yes­ter­day re­call­ing the leg­is­la­tors said to have too cozy a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the rul­ing Ju­bilee Party ahead of the next polls.

The party de-whipped for­mer ODM sec­re­tary gen­eral Ababu Namwamba from three com­mit­tees. Namwamba is now the LPK chair­man.

The Bu­dalang’i law­maker was dis­charged from the Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee, the Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Na­tional Se­cu­rity and the Con­sti­tu­tion Im­ple­men­ta­tion Over­sight and Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee.

Also dis­charged from var­i­ous com­mit­tees were Karachuonyo MP James Rege from the Com­mit­tees of En­ergy, Equal Op­por­tu­nity and Na­tional Co­he­sion; Ti­ga­nia East MP Mpuru Aburi who was re­called from the com­mit­tees of En­ergy and Lands; and Mathare MP Steven Kar­iuki from the com­mit­tees of Ed­u­ca­tion, Con­sti­tu­tion Over­sight and Im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Oth­ers re­moved are Kubai Iringo (Imenti Cen­tral) from the com­mit­tees of Fi­nance and Re­gional In­te­gra­tion; Isaac Mwaura (nom­i­nated MP) from the com­mit­tees of En­vi­ron­ment and House Pro­ce­dure; John Waluke (Sirisia) from the com­mit­tees of Na­tional Se­cu­rity and Del­e­gated Leg­is­la­tion.

But Waluke dared ODM to go ahead and delete his name from the party mem­ber­ship reg­is­ter to oc­ca­sion a by-elec­tion.

“ODM did not bring me to Par­lia­ment. I was elected by the hon­ourable peo­ple of Sirisia. It is un­fair for the party to deny me my con­sti­tu­tional right to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Sirisia,” he said, mo­ments af­ter the dis­charge.

Kubai ac­cused ODM of be­ing un­grate­ful to him for de­liv­er­ing the Imenti Cen­tral seat, say­ing he is very pop­u­lar and would beat the party any time elec­tions are called.

“If this is the way ODM is go­ing, it will shrink, shrink and col­lapse,” he said.

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