Angry DP Ruto blasts Raila for blackmailing Jumwa to ‘kneel and worship him’
Deputy President William Ruto has called out Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga for the expulsion of Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa over her political links with him.
In a terse message posted on the DP’s official Twitter page that is likely directed at former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Ruto said the ODM boss is blackmailing Jumwa to make her “kneel and worship you as an ‘apology’.”
Jumwa was expelled from ODM on March 1 following a decision by the party’s National Governing Council. Her counterpart, Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori was spared after apologising.
You who've masqueraded as champions of women, now in your true colours expel a woman elected in her own right after defeating men and blackmail her to kneel and worship you as an 'apology'. Crime?associating with elected DP of GoK you have 'handshake' with. Tragically deceitful
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) March 15, 2019
Mr. Odinga earlier this week asked Jumwa to apologise if she wants to be let back into the party “like Msambweni Member of Parliament Suleiman Dori.”
“Kila mtoto akiomba msahamaha anasamehewa. Juzi kwa chama yetu Dori alilia situlimsamehea? Ata Aisha tulisema akikuja tuketi chini na alie tutaangalia maneno yake. Sisi kama wanachungwa tuko pamoja,” said Mr. Odinga. (“If a child asks to be pardoned you forgive them. Recently, Suleiman Dori begged for forgiveness and we pardoned him… If Aisha Jumwa also pleads for forgiveness, we shall reconsider her fate.”)
But a defiant Jumwa dismissed Odinga’s utterances insisting that her expulsion from the Orange party was flawed.
“I have heard Raila Odinga saying that if I appear before the party they will forgive me… I want to tell him that what I told them before the National Executive Council that remains my position. Let them go back to the records,” said Jumwa.
ODM party chairman John Mbadi went against Mr. Odinga’s statement saying that as a party, they were “done” with Jumwa and that the lawmaker could only argue her case in court.
“We don’t want her in our party. DP (William) Ruto can take her if he wants. She has outlived her usefulness in the party,” Mr Mbadi said.