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ODM Deletes Tweet Purporting Aisha Jumwa’s Support For Imran In Kibra

Aisha Jumwa with ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kibra candidate Imran Okoth during the party’s Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2019. [Photo/Courtesy]

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party on Tuesday announced that Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa had thrown her weight behind Imran Okoth in the forthcoming Kibra by-election.

In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, the party stated that the lawmaker said this during the party’s Parliamentary Group meeting that was attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga at County Hall.

“Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa says ODM is her home and her DNA is ODM. She says she fully supports Bernard Okoth Imran, our candidate for the Kibra Parliamentary seat in the November 7 by-election, ” said ODM.

“It was a brainstorming meeting which was aimed at fostering unity in the party at the legislative level. PL also used the occasion to introduce our Kibra Candidate Imran to Members.”

The party, however, deleted the tweet without giving any explanation.

The deleted tweet

Philip Etale, ODM Director of Communications, however, retained the post on his social media pages.

Read: Kibra Residents Damage Mariga, Imran’s Campaign Posters [Photos]

Ms Jumwa, a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto, has for months been regarded as a rebel by the ODM party.

The party’s delegates voted in March for Ms Jumwa’s expulsion from the party over her support for DP Ruto and his bid for the presidency come 2022.

Read Also: Maina Kamanda Hosts Agikuyu Community In Kibra As He Campaigns For ODM’s Imran [Photos]

The decision was, however, quashed in May by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) which ruled that Ms Jumwa remains to be a member of ODM.

The news of Ms Jumwa supporting Imran came as a surprise to many who thought she would support Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga who is said to have been fronted by the DP.

Here are some of the reactions online:

 

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

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