We Don’t Have a Patron – ODM

Will the Confusion in the ODM party end anytime soon? After confusion on the party’s position regarding disciplinary action taken against errant members led by Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori, the Party has had to again come out and clear the air on the purported Patron position.

The Party, through Executive Director Oduor ong’wen has stated that it does not have the position of party atron at any level be it at the National, County, Branch or Ward Level.

“The ODM party held its grassroots elections in 2015 and officials elected to serve for a period of five years as per the party constitution. The next election will be after five years at the end of the tenure of the current office bearers at different levels.

Therefore officials of the party right from the polling station which is the lowest category of the party hierarchy remain the same save for the areas where officials may have left the party in the run-up to the last general election and the process of filling the vacant positions is ongoing as per the resolution of the National Governing Council (NGC) on the 23rd of February this year.

The party has not created any new position for anyone in its hierarchy. We do not have the position of patron of the party at any level, be it at the National, County, Branch or Ward level and does not even feature anywhere in the party constitution.
Any individual using this fake title of the patron is an imposter,” said Oduor Ong’wen, ODM’s Executive Director.

Meanwhile, 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 claims with 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.

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