Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori can relax after the Party today confirmed that a decision is yet to be made on their disciplinary cases.
Jumwa and Dori last month appeared before the ODM Party’s Disciplinary Committee following summons issued to them. The duo were accompanied by Lawyer Kioko Kilukumi.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) had issued summons to 10 of its members among them Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee.
The party wanted the leaders to respond to accusations made against them in accordance with the party rules and procedure.
The Standard Newspaper today reported that the fate of the rebel ODM lawmakers is in the hands of party leader Raila Odinga after the outfit’s disciplinary committee recommended their expulsion.
The Party has now come out to refute these claimswith ODM’s director of Communications Philip Etale stating that the process of disciplining errant party members does not lie in the hands of the party leaders as reported by the Standard Newspaper.
Etale says that it is incorrect to claim that the decision on recommendations by the disciplinary committee can singly be made by ODM’s party leader without the involvement of the relevant organ of the party as required by the constitution.
Below is Etale’s Full Statement on the issue.
ERRONEOUS REPORTING BY THE STANDARD NEWSPAPER
The Standard Newspaper has today (Tuesday 20/11/2018) published a story on the purported findings of the party’s Disciplinary Committee which has been handling the matter touching on rebel members who include two sitting Members of Parliament and who were summoned to appear before the Committee to show cause why they should not be disciplined for their gross misconduct.
The party wishes to categorically clarify that the process of disciplining errant party members does not lie in the hands of the Party Leader as reported by the author of the story. The disciplinary committee only makes recommendations to the National Executive Committee which the Party Leader is a member for a decision to be made.
Therefore it is indecorous and incorrect for the writer to claim that the decision on recommendations by the disciplinary committee can singly be made by the party leader without the involvement of the relevant organ of the party as required by the constitution.
The disciplinary committee has not finalized its report and once they do, it will be presented to the NEC for action based on the recommendations. Therefore the story is speculative, incorrect and fabricated and should be ignored by all.
Director of Communications
20th Nov. 2018.