The court has issued temporary orders barring the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) from expelling Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda and MPs Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) and Felix ‘Jalang’o’ Odiwuor (Lang’ata) from the party.
The orders issued Tuesday by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal are pending the hearing of a case filed on Monday challenging the trio’s expulsion over allegations of violating the party’s constitution.
The court issued interim conservatory orders, stating,
“In the interim and pending the hearing and determination of this Application, this Honourable Tribunal hereby issues interim conservatory orders staying the implementation and/or execution of the decision of the 1st Respondent to expel the Complainant/Applicant, Hon. Phelix Odiwuor Kodhe, from the Orange Democratic Movement Party.”
The expulsion of Ojienda, Odhiambo, and Jalang’o, which took place the previous Wednesday, was based on allegations of violating the party’s constitution.
They were accused of openly associating with and supporting activities of a rival political outfit, as well as opposing lawful decisions made by party organs.
Two other MPs, Caroli Omondi (Suba South) and Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), faced the same fate.
ODM leader Raila Odinga defended the expulsion during a meeting with Migori County ODM delegates, emphasizing the importance of unity and discipline within the party.
He criticized the five members for what he deemed as betrayal and challenged them to resign from their elective seats and seek fresh mandates from the people on new party tickets.
The matter is scheduled for mention on September 25, adding to the ongoing political developments within Kenya’s political landscape.