Expelled Aisha Jumwa remains defiant
Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has maintained there will be no by-election despite her being expelled from the ODM party for disloyalty; she insists she will finish her five years term as per the law.
“If rules and regulations had been followed I would probably have relinquished my seat,( Kama sheria na taratibu zingefuatwa, mimi Aisha Jumwa labda ningekua nimesema nimesalimu amri”) she said.
The legislator who was speaking in Malindi, received a grand reception from her supporters who matched from the Malindi International airport to Mbuzi Wengi for a rally. She urged residents not to panic but to continue with their daily business without fear.
Jumwa was expelled from ODM on Friday while her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori was spared in the final decision by the party’s National Governing Council.
The two lawmakers were accused of openly supporting and promoting the interests of another political party, following their close and public association with Deputy President Dr. William Ruto.
On February 5th this year, the two lawmakers filed an appeal to the party’s National Governing Council contesting their expulsion from the Orange party.
In their petition, they claimed that the decision to expel them was made in “complete disregard” of the party constitution and was based on allegations that are “strange and not recognised by any law.”
In their defence, they argued that their association with DP Ruto was in line with the Building Bridges Initiative which was a creation of their party leader, Raila Odinga together with President Kenyatta.