ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna left perplexed as Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa grabs microphone from him at funeral of Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi. PHOTO| COURTESY
There was drama at the funeral of Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi’s father on Friday after Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa grabbed the microphone from ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna as he addressed mourners.
Trouble started after Sifuna, who had been given an opportunity to speak on behalf of ODM Party leader Raila Odinga, indirectly began explaining why Jumwa was expelled from Orange party
In a two-minute clip shared on social media, Sifuna is seen introducing himself as ODM leader Raila Odinga’s messenger sent to convey condolences to the family of the late Edward Benjamin Kingi.
Sifuna began his speech by stressing the need for the Orange party to be respected.
“As a messenger, I request to be given the respect the party leader would have been accorded. I have party responsibilities, and I do them without fear or favour. Sifuna did not make the law, and I am not targeting anybody,” he said.
It is at this point that Jumwa shot up from her seat and confronted Sifuna.
“Mr Secretary General, kindly refrain from politics out of respect for the dead. We are not here for ODM politics but to condole with the bereaved,” she said.
Jumwa further asked Sifuna to find another platform to speak on ODM issues.
“ We are here to mourn the dead and not politics,” she said.
It took the intervention of the bereaved, Deputy governor Kingi, to re-invite Sifuna to conclude his speech.
“I spoke with Raila Odinga on phone and he was to attend the funeral until something happened, and he decided to send Sifuna to represent him,” Kingi told the mourners.
Jumwa also caused a stir when she failed to introduce one of her fiercest critics in the Coast region, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.
Kingi instead introduced Mboko who had come to represent Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is away in Germany on official duties.