By Machuki Dennson
13 defectors from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have been summoned to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee next on Friday.
The committee’s chairperson Fred Athuok in a statement has said that the defectors should appear in person before them to explain why a disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
Lawyers Danson Mungatana and Kioko Kilukumi representing the 13 who include governors and legislators have received the summon letters which indicate that they should appear at 8am on October 7th.
The 13 through lawyer Kilukumi on Wednesday protested to the party that they have not defected from the party yet. The members urged the party leadership to exhaust its internal resolution mechanism before handing over names to the registrar of political parties for deregistration.
The 13 include the former ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba who is now in the Labour Party, Mpuri Aburi member for Tigabnia East, Stephen Kariuki member for Mathare, Marsabit governor Ukur Yattani, Kwale governor Salim Mvuyra, Masoud Mwahima member for Likoni, Mustafa Iddi kilifi South, Kwale women representative Zainab Chidzuga, James Rege member for Karachuonyo, Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi, Isack Mwaura nominated and Cyprian Kubai for Igembe Central.
In the event ODM submits their names to the registrar of political parties as party defectors, the 10 law makers, one deputy governor and two governors will lose their seats and be forced to go back for a by election with just 10 months to general elections. But the members are keen to keep the Odinga party until next year 2017.
The party’s leader Raila Odinga has been very vocal about defectors urging them to officially leave the party and go back to the voters to be mandated afresh.
Wiper Party and FORD Kenya have also in the past dared members elected on the party tickets to quit their current mandate.
ODM defectors summoned by the Party’s disciplinary committee
By Machuki Dennson