The leader of the ODM party, Raila Odinga, has called on the rebel members of the party who met with President Ruto at the Nairobi State House to resign so that their positions can be declared vacant for a new election.
Speaking on Friday, Odinga stated that these expelled party members were dismissed due to their violation of the party’s policies and regulations.
He criticized their defense that they went to the Nairobi State House to seek development, emphasizing that under Kenya’s new constitution, development is coordinated by the parliament, not the State House.
“Now, you clandestinely show up at night, claiming that you were summoned by someone, a certain minister, and you say you’re going to the State House. No one says you shouldn’t go to the State House, but you should inform the party that I was invited there so that we can discuss,” Odinga said.
“What are you going to do there, claiming that you’re seeking development? Is it your mother’s development? If it was something open, you bring it, and people discuss it. Then they agree. In this new constitution, all development plans are made by the parliament,” he added.
Two days ago, ODM issued a letter announcing the expulsion of four members of parliament and one senator who had met with Ruto at the State House.
The expelled members include Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo, South Suba MP Caroli Omondi, Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor, also known as Jalang’o, Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda, and Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda.