Raila's Orange party crisis meeting put off
SEE ALSO :Obado and Ruto throw jab at Raila“The meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday. Raila was already around,” Mbadi said last evening, but declined to comment further on what could have occasioned the postponement. Sifuna and Ong’wen are against Mbadi over his decision to replace the Assembly’s Minority leader Elias Okumu (Kileleshwa MCA) and Peter Imwatok (Minority Whip) with Highrise MCA Kennedy Oyugi and Savannah’s Nicholas Okumu as Minority Leader and Whip respectively. This, as it emerged that the decision to replace the two was as a result of the chaotic impeachment of Speaker Beatrice Elachi. Reports indicate that Raila tried to stop ODM MCAs from taking part in the Motion, but Okumu and Imwatok defied him, prompting the party to kick them from the plum positions. It has further emerged that the House leadership de-whipped MCAs who opposed the impeachment from assembly committees. On Tuesday, Sifuna wrote to Nairobi Speaker Chege Mwaura, directing him to ignore communications by the National Assembly Minority Leader, in what escalated the wrangles.
SEE ALSO :The Uhuru-Raila 'secret' visits to ChinaHe stated that he was the one mandated to communicate on behalf of the party, contradicting Mbadi's letter to the Speaker that stated that his letter overrode any other communication from the party. “I write to you as the spokesperson, authorised principal officer and the person mandated by the Constitution of the party to issue correspondence on behalf of the party and all its organs,” reads Mbadi's letter. Internal resolutions But Mbadi maintained that as the party continues with its internal resolutions to reconcile the MCAs, Oyugi and Okumu remain the Minority Leader and Minority Whip respectively “unless and until advised otherwise.” “As previously reiterated, the decision made by the ODM party emanated from the request of the membership of Nairobi County Assembly, which was endorsed by the party after deliberations in compliance with ODM Party Constitution,” said Mbadi.
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