ODM ex­pels rebel MPs as Ony­onka, Ogari re­join party

Ababu Namwamba among de­fec­tors who were to be struck out from op­po­si­tion party’s mem­ber­ship list.

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ODM yes­ter­day ex­pelled nine elected and one nom­i­nated lead­ers, cre­at­ing room for by-elec­tions across the coun­try, as the party urged Kenyans to ini­ti­ate change for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The re­port was unan­i­mously adopted by the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing at Or­ange House on Sun­day.

Those ex­pelled in­clude Gover­nor Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Joash Maangi (Deputy Gover­nor, Kisii), Steven Kar­iuki (Mathare MP), Isaac Mwaura (Nom­i­nated) and Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale wo­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive).

Oth­ers are Samwel Arama (Nakuru West), Ababu Namwamba (Bu­dalang’i), Ma­soud Mwahima (Likoni), John Waluke (Sirisia) and Samwel Nyang­wara (MCA, Vi­wan­dani, Nairobi).

Speak­ing at the Bo­mas of Kenya, Nairobi, yes­ter­day, party leader Raila Odinga said the move to ex­pel rebels was to en­sure ODM con­cen­trates on the com­ing polls, adding Ju­bilee has failed Kenyans.

“Au­gust 2017 will deter­mine whether this coun­try stays on the path of progress or re­treats into per­ma­nent ret­ro­gres­sion, with the forces of sta­tus quo that has been fight­ing our progress fi­nally tak­ing full con­trol of our des­tiny,” Raila said.

Those ex­pelled could lose their seats if the Regis­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties rat­i­fies the de­ci­sion of the party’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

ODM said if the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion is al­lowed to rule this coun­try for five more years, it will sup­press all the gains made since In­de­pen­dence.

“We’re a so­cial demo­cratic move­ment. Our vi­sion for Kenya is pro­foundly dif­fer­ent from Ju­bilee’s. We be­lieve in jus­tice, eq­uity, fair­ness, in­clu­siv­ity, free speech and the rule of law. All th­ese values have been bas­tardised in the past four years,” Raila said.

He said the des­tiny of the na­tion is in the hands of the vot­ers who should dic­tate at next year’s elec­tion whether they want a pros­per­ous na­tion or a coun­try that stag­nates.

“Kenya af­ter 2017 and be­yond is a heavy agenda that re­quires we ap­ply com­men­su­rate re­sources; hu­man, in­tel­lec­tual, phys­i­cal and fi­nan­cial to sur­mount the chal­lenge. Gov­ern­ing af­ter 2017 might be a big­ger chal­lenge than win­ning the elec­tions,” Raila said.

“In­di­ca­tions are that if ODM does not stand firm, act right, mo­bilise broadly and wisely, fight hard and smart, if we do not win the 2017 elec­tion, Kenya will go the way of Zaire un­der Mobutu Sese Seko or the route of many other African coun­tries that were brought down by their lead­ers,” he said. TWO MPS RE­TURN Ki­tutu Chache MP Richard Ony­onka and Bo­ma­choge Chache MP Si­mon Ogari, all from Kisii county, have re­joined ODM. Ony­onka said JP, led by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and DP Wil­liam Ruto, had bro­ken its prom­ises to him.

“We have re­alised noth­ing is go­ing to be done, that the coun­try is tak­ing the wrong di­rec­tion... that we would rather stay in ODM and work with the party,” he said. “I take this op­por­tu­nity to apol­o­gise to Raila and all ODM mem­bers,” he told a cheer­ing crowd at Bo­mas of Kenya.

Those par­doned are Marsabit Gover­nor Ukur Yatani and Igembe Cen­tral MP Cyprian Kubai. How­ever, five of­fi­cials face a dis­ci­plinary ac­tion. They are Chachu Ganya (North Horr), James Rege (Karachuonyo), Gideon Mung’aro (Kil­ifi North), Mpuri Aburi (Ti­ga­nia East) and Mustafa Idd (Kil­ifi South).

“The 2017 elec­tion will deter­mine whether we re­main an im­per­fect democ­racy try­ing to im­prove, or we turn into a full-scale dic­ta­tor­ship,” Raila said.

The Cord leader said Kenyans should take ad­van­tage of the up­com­ing elec­tion to re­store the Con­sti­tu­tion and ad­dress tribalism, nepo­tism and cor­rup­tion.

“Never in the his­tory of this coun­try have we seen so much plun­der, theft, im­punity, many lies by the govern­ment, state­spon­sored ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and in­com­pe­tence in the man­age­ment of state af­fairs as we see to­day,” he said.


ODM party leader Raila Odinga and other lead­ers at the Bo­mas of Kenya yes­ter­day

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