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Rift in ODM as 2 Coast MPs vow to support Ruto

Two Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs from Coast have been summoned to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee.

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori have said they will not appear before the party’s disciplinary committee.

The duo have been seen in different occasions with Deputy President William Ruto and even vowed to support his presidency in 2022 during a fundraiser in Malindi, a move that is against the party.

The two legislators said they move around with Deputy President William Ruto in the spirit of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The party leadership claimed the duo have defected the party and wanted disciplinary action be taken.

But the MPs said they have not received letters from party leadership requiring them to appear before the disciplinary committee.

“I have not received a letter from those people as it is being claimed and on that day I will be in Malindi attending to my people or if there will be no work I will take a holiday,” said Ms Jumwa.

She said the era when party headquarters would intimidate members are long gone, and dared anyone to challenge her in Malindi.

Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori said he will not honour the summons and dared ODM to dislodge him.

He wondered why it was only him and Jumwa who had been summoned, yet several ODM MPs have been attending Ruto’s functions.

Ruto has been rallying in Coast Coast region since Thursday 27 and it was his 10th trip to the region since the handshake.

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