Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa has challenged a decision by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party National Governing Council (NGC) to kick her out of the party. Jumwa claimed that it was unfair to expel her from the party while her co-accused; Msambweni constituency Member of Parliament Suleiman Dori was pardoned by the NGC.
The Malindi MP now claims that corrupt ODM leaders were bribed to let Dori go scot- free while she is being victimized after failing to succumb to pressure to go the same route. She also claimed that the ODM party leadership was discriminating against women leaders. Jumwa has said she will tomorrow Monday 4th of March 2019 move to court in a bid to quash the decision by the ODM party NGC over disregard for the law, corruption and double standards.
‘I am well aware that a section of the ODM party leadership have been vouching for my downfall, I want to however reiterate that my expulsion is both unfair and uncalled for and for that reason, I will not go down without a fight,‘
she said in an interview.
The NGC mid this week resolved to have Jumwa expelled from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) while Dori was pardoned after he wrote a letter of apology to the party. He is however not in the clear yet as he has to defend his letter at a later date.
The two legislators have been at loggerheads with their sponsor party after they were accused of championing for ideologies of rival camp; Jubilee party and working with Deputy President Dr. WilliamRuto.
The vocal Malindi MP is however not doomed yet. According to the political parties act, she is eligible to file an appeal with the Registrar of Political Parties to appeal.
Even in her dilemma, Jumwa has received political support from a section of leaders with the vocal Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika turning the debate into a gender parity affair.
‘It is a sad day for democracy and Kenyan women in politics. As we are pushing hard for gender parity, ODM has expelled Hon. Aisha Jumwa. The intolerance in ODM should be condemned by every democratic Kenyan. Expelling Hon.Jumwa, a strong, focused and able leader, is a backward step negating all the gains we have made for women in leadership,’