In Summary

  • A statement from ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna says the action follows complaints from members of the public
  • Passaris has however been vocal with her stand on the bill saying it is about time local leaders developed local mechanisms of raising money to run the government

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has begun a disciplinary action against 28 MPs who were absent during the voting and also voted for the Finance Bill 2023.

A statement from ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna says the action follows complaints from members of the public.

“The Party is in receipt of many complaints from its general membership regarding the conduct of its members of National Assembly during yesterday’s vote on the Finance Bill, 2023,” said Sifuna in a statement.

The MPs who went against the party’s instructions and voted for the bill include Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris, Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor, Uriri MP Mark Nyamita, Wajir South MP Aden Mohamed, Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) and Caroli Omondi (Suba South).

Passaris has however been vocal with her stand on the bill saying it is about time local leaders developed local mechanisms of raising money to run the government.

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Show Cause

Also summoned are 24 other legislators who were absent during the voting exercise on Wednesday evening.

“In line with the Party’s disciplinary rules, notices to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken have been issued to the members. They are expected to respond within the next 48 hours,” ODM said.

MPs who were absent during the voting exercise include Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino, Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o (Lang’ata), John Mbadi (nominated), Said Buya Hiribae (Galole), Mohamed Abdikadir Hussein (Lagdera), Paul Ekwom Nabuin (Turkana North) and John Namoit Ariko (Turkana South).

Others on the list are Hamisi Kakuta Maimai (Kajiaodo East), Parashina Samuel Sakimba (Kajiado South), Titus Khamala Mukhawana (Lurambi), Johnson Naicca Manya (Mumias West), Peter Oscar Nabulindo (Matungu) and Nicholas Scott Tindi Mwale (Butere).

Others include Christopher Wangaya Aseka (Khwisero), Joseph Marro Oyula (Butula), Wilberforce Ojambo Oundo ( Funyula), Gideon Ochanda Ogolla (Bondo), Paul Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), Eve Akinyi Obara (Kasipul), Paul Abuor (Rongo), Ogolla Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Daniel Ogwoka Manduku (Nyaribari Masaba), George Aladwa Omwera (Makadara) and Irene Nyakerario Mayaka (nominated).

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