ODM MPs defect to Jubilee, pledge to support Uhuru
14 February 2016, 16:09
Nyeri - Three MPs affiliated to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have defected to Jubilee coalition.
Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi, Stephen Kariuki (Mathare) and Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache) said they have decamped from the opposition CORD to President Uhuru’s Jubilee coalition for development purposes.
While making the announcement, Aburi cited dictatorship in his party.
“I have supported my party leader Raila Odinga since 1981 and I have not benefited. Now am announcing that am a member of Jubilee and I will seek re-election on President’s party,” said Aburi.
He added that the move was due to political heat in Mt Kenya East region.
Kariuki said he is leading a mass decamp from the opposition.
“I will not remain in ODM again. I have seen what government is doing for my people in Mathare and I have no otherwise but to join them. I will lead a mass exodus from the opposition,” said Kariuki.
He claimed that there were numerous MPs willing to decamp but were fearing to be removed from parliamentary committees or harassment by party members.
On his part, Onyonka said he was a friend of Jubilee though an ODM MP. He pledged to support and campaign for President Uhuru’s re-election in 2017.
The MPs were speaking at Nanyuki stadium, Laikipia County, during Mwangi Kiunjuri's homecoming ceremony.
However, Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel was booed by the crowd and was unable to deliver his congratulatory message to the CS after he announced that he would not defect from his ODM party.
Kariuki asked him to read the mood of the crowd and join the defectors.
Nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura said he will soon make a major political announcement as he hinted at decamping from the opposition party that sponsored him to Parliament.
“Am ready to work with the President because he is not discriminative. He hosted me in State House during my wedding despite being an opposition member,” said Mwaura.
Former Shinyalu MP, Justus Kizito and former Laikipia West MP Nderitu Mureithi also promised to support Jubilee and seek election seats on President’s party.
The event was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, more than 50 members of Parliament, Cabinet Secretaries, Governors and Senators among other guests.
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