Jalang'o and many others defy ODM on show-cause letters

Secretary general Edwin Sifuna said 17 others had explained why they failed to vote on the contentious bill.


• In a statement on Tuesday, the party said the two were among other pro-President William Ruto MPs who missed the crucial vote.

• The Orange party commenced disciplinary action against 28 legislators over their conduct during Wednesday's last week’s debate on the Finance Bill 2023.

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After failing to vote on the Finance Bill, 2023, Lang'ata MP Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang'o and his Rarieda counterpart Otiende Amollo once more disobeyed the ODM party's demand for a show-cause letter.

According to the party, there are 13 lawmakers who have not yet sent letters for justification.

The two were among other pro-President William Ruto MPs who missed the important vote, the party claimed in a statement on Tuesday.

Other MPs who did not show cause include; Gideon Ochanda, Joseph Oyula, John Ariko Namoit (Turkana South), Paul Nabuin (Turkana North), Said Buya Hiribae (Galole), Mohamed Abdikadir Hussein (Lagdera), Titus Khamala (Lurambi), Wilberforce Oundo (Funyula), Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Daniel Manduku (Nyaribari Masaba) and Fatuma Masito.

17 additional people, according to secretary general Edwin Sifuna, gave reasons for not voting on the divisive law.

He promised to let them know as soon as the party made a decision.

"The responses so far received are being processed in accordance with Rule 11 of the ODM Disciplinary Committee (Practice and Procedure) Rules, 2022 and the affected members will be informed of the verdict in due course," Sifuna said.

The party also expressed regret for incorrectly placing Tom Joseph Kajwang, a member of parliament for Ruaraka, on the list of opposition MPs who opposed the Finance Bill, 2023.

Due to their behavior during the Finance Bill 2023 debate on Wednesday last week, the Orange party has already started taking disciplinary proceedings against 28 lawmakers.

Sifuna claimed that the choice was made as a result of public complaints.

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