ODM Responds to Ruling Blocking Expulsion of Rebel MPs

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General Edwin Sifuna on Tuesday dismissed an order issued by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) suspending the party’s decision to expel 3 lawmakers accused of being disloyal to the political outfit.

The Secretary General challenged the tribunal’s ruling and referenced past instances where rulings and orders given by the tribunal were ignored.

Sifuna particularly faulted PPDT Secretary General Desmond Tutu and questioned the rationale and timing behind the tribunal’s ruling. 

“Desmond Nungo is the very same person at the PPDT who issued ex-parte orders stopping the removal of Dulo (Senator Fatuma Dulo) as the Senate Minority Whip a few months ago,” the Secretary General said. 

In a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the ODM Lawmaker further insinuated that the PPDT lacked real powers to enforce its directives.

Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, Kisumu Senator Prof. Tom Ojienda, Suba South MP Caroli Omondi, Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo, and Rongo MP Paul Abuor in a press conference denouncing the planned March 20 protests on March 17, 2023.

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“In the end, the PPDT couldn’t force a relationship that had broken down to subsist. Dulo went,” the Senator wrote.

“The latest orders against ODM will suffer the same fate in the fullness of time. Any person celebrating ex-parte orders at the PPDT is legally a moron,” he added.

Ex parte are generally orders that are only in place until further hearings can be held.

Earlier on Tuesday, PPDT had issued a directive stopping the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) from kicking out 3 lawmakers from the party.

The MPs include Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o (Lang’ata), and Kisumu Senator Peter Ojienda.

The tribunal further blocked the political outfit from removing the MPs from their Parliamentary committee roles and issued a directive to the Registrar of Political Parties stoping the body from effecting changes pertaining to the expulsion in question.

In the case of Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dulo, the tribunal had blocked Azimio La Umoja’s move to oust the Senator from her Senate minority whip position.

At the time, Azimio was seeking to replace Dulo with Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina. The coalition fronted Sifuna to deputize the legislator.

Azimio MPs walking out of the chambers on June 15 2023.

Kenyans.co.ke



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