ODM warns Jubilee defectors
13 January 2016, 17:54
Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has warned members who are flirting with the Jubilee Coalition to either shape up or shift out once and for all.
The party has of late been hit with defections and threats, with the latest being that of Nakuru West MP Samuel Arama who stated Tuesday that he will decamp to the Jubilee Party.
He accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of mismanagement.
However, ODM Director of Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi has said that the party will not allow defectors to insult the party and its leaders and stated that it would consider taking disciplinary action on such members.
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" This is a democracy and people have their opinions but they must be done within the realms of the law," he said.
" No one stops the other from being at ODM or Jubilee but at the same time they must respect the party and its leaders as well as the law."
" If a member wishes to be elsewhere, the law is clear. Declare and seek re-election. Otherwise the party will take action and force it," he threatened.
Arama though, says that he is not afraid of a by- election as it will give him the opportunity to seek the truth from the people.
" I am not afraid of an election. The people will have the final say," he declared.
The Parties act states that " if a member of a party moves to support another one without staking claim, the parent party can seek disciplinary action" which if pushed through, can see the member lose their elective seat.
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