Azimio leaders on Sunday, January 21, defended Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed after reports emerged that there were advanced plans to kick him out of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.
Reports had indicated that Junet Mohammed had received a show cause letter over his absence from key ODM meetings.
Additionally, it was reported in a local daily that should the parliamentarian not justify his absence, he would be stripped of leadership roles in the party.
Led by ODM Deputy Party Leader Hassan Joho, Azimio politicians regretted that Junet Mohammed was being victimised after campaigning extensively for Raila Odinga during the 2022 presidential election.
Entrance to the ODM headquarters in Nairobi.
“Completely unnecessary and uncalled for,” the former Mombasa Governor posed.
In support, Makau Mutua who was head of Raila’s presidential secretariat stated, “No truer words have ever been spoken. Kenya does not have a finer patriot than Junet Mohammed.”
The Suna East MP also received support from Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina who wondered why his party was taking such a drastic action.
Ledama wondered what was the projected end game and why the opposition party was not channelling such energy into building the political outfit.
Saboti MP Caleb Amisi further alleged that there was internal sabotage within the ODM party of which he is a member.
“The work Junet Mohammed did for Raila very few can do. If you are a top leader who served with Junet and you believe he spoiled campaigns as you watched, why didn’t you raise the matter then?” he posed.
He added that Junet Mohammed was being used as a sacrificial lamb following Raila’s fifth unsuccessful stab at the presidency.
Junet and Joho were central figures in Raila’s campaign but have since kept their distance from the political limelight following Raila’s loss.
Azimio Leader Raila Odinga addressing supporters in Murang’a County on April 20, 2023.