It is a scene that has left many baffled. Many have christened it childish and uncalled for.
Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi’s father’s burial turned into a show-down after Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa snatched a microphone from ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna as he addressed mourners in Kilifi on Friday.
In a two-minute clip shared on social media, Sifuna is seen introducing himself as ODM leader Raila Odinga’s messenger sent to convey condolences to the family of the late Edward Benjamin Kingi.
Sifuna began his speech by stressing the need for the Orange party to be respected.
“As a messenger, I request to be given the respect the party leader would have been accorded. I have party responsibilities, and I do them without fear or favour. Sifuna did not make the law, and I am not targeting anybody,” he said.
It is at this point that Jumwa shot up from her seat and confronted Sifuna.
— Hon. Aisha Jumwa, Malindi MP. (@HonJumwa) May 3, 2019
“Mr Secretary General, kindly refrain from politics out of respect for the dead. We are not here for ODM politics but to condole with the bereaved,” she said.
Jumwa further asked Sifuna to find another platform to speak on ODM issues.
“ We are here to mourn the dead and not politics,” she said.
It took the intervention of the bereaved, Deputy governor Kingi, to re-invite Sifuna to conclude his speech.
“I spoke with Raila Odinga on phone and he was to attend the funeral until something happened, and he decided to send Sifuna to represent him,” Kingi told the mourners.
Jumwa also caused a stir when she failed to introduce one of her fiercest critics in the Coast region, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.
Kingi instead introduced Mboko who had come to represent Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is away in Germany on official duties.
This move attracted ridicule and support in equal measure from Kenyans on Twitter.
But at that function, Edwin Sifuna did nothing wrong. Aisha Jumwa denying Sifuna a chance because she disagree with him is immature. Just listen!! Agree to disagree!!
— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) May 4, 2019
Aisha Jumwa has repeatedly said she has abandoned ODM …. Today, she stopped Edwin Sifuna from speaking in a funeral ceremony …. If she is man enough, let her resign from Parliament & re-contest on TangaTanga Party … Aisha is poster-child Of HYPOCRISY & CORRUPTION.
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) May 3, 2019
It’s none of my business but if it was Edwin Sifuna who grabbed the mic from Aisha Jumwa…….
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) May 4, 2019
What ODM SG forgot is that Aisha Jumwa has tasted freedom that comes by being around Ruto, Aisha cannot again be that Ma3 Raila sycophants used to direct anyhowly, Kenya is a free country! Let women empower themselves.
— NaiBlogger (@naiblogger) May 4, 2019
Edwin Sifuna is just a keyboard warrior. Aisha Jumwa knows that these ODM boys that talk too much on twitter cannot speak properly at gatherings.
— Nduta🔥 (@ShazieKe) May 4, 2019
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