Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has replied to the letter from ODM party terming him as a stranger in the affairs of the party.
In the letter, Murkomen terms the response from the ODM party secretary general as condescending and that it denies the two MPs Aishwa Jumwa and Suleiman Dori the right to appeal their ouster under the party Constitution and the Kenyan constitution.
The Jubilee senator also refuted the claims that he was a stranger. He quoted that the party Constitution which according to him provides that if any member was aggrieved he or she had a right to appeal by either representing themselves, through an authorized representative or through Next friend and therefore Sifuna could not refer to him as a stranger yet he had been authorized by the two legislators to take up the matter.
He referred the ODM party to the second schedule of the political parties act and articles 47 and 50of the constitution.
Here is the letter of response by senator Murkomen:
ODM party wanted Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen to stay out of its internal affairs.
Murkomen is representing Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori in a petition seeking to appeal the party’s decision to expel them.
In a letter addressing the petition, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna told off the senate majority leader who he says is a “stranger to the matter.”
“…the matter remains an internal process between a party and its membership so that we shall not be admitting strangers to any of the internal deliberations on the matter,” the letter reads in part.
Sifuna also addresses some of the matters in Murkomen’s letter to the such as “appeals to the NGC”. These, he says, do not exist in the party Constitution.
Hitting out at the rebel lawmakers and their advocate, Sifuna said that it was downright embarrassing for them to claim to be “champions of the values and aspirations of ODM” when they do not possess basic knowledge of the Constitutive document of the party.
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