ODM Kicks out Otiende Amollo amid reports of house division

In what appears as a beginning of a purge against party dissidents the Raila Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement party has today kicked out Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

In his powerful position, the legislator was deputizing Chairman of the committee and Kangema Member of Parliament Muturi Kigano.

The Orange party has since suggested his replacement to be the Ruaraka legislator TJ Kajwang.

Speaking after the new development Otiende noted that he was ready to step down if the party wanted him to.

“The vicissitudes of politics. So, the schemers want me out of JLAC. I will take it in grace and stride,” stated Amollo.

The embattled Rarieda lawmaker and senators Okong’o Omogeni and his Siaya Counterpart James Orengo are considered rebels after their recent move on the ongoing BBI report.

They were recently branded members of the ODM Asili over their stand on human right and the constitution over the legality on allocation and distribution of the 70 new constituencies.

“Dear my friend Raila Odinga. It is now clear we have ODM led by Junet, Mbadi and Opiyo Wandayi and ODM Asili led by Orengo, Otiende Amollo and Okong’o Omogeni. If you need help sorting out this mess you have my number,” said Kuria on Wednesday, April 28.

This comes hours after the party confirmed the difference within the house yesterday, with party director of communications Philip Etale stating that some senior Members were reading from different scripts regarding the bill content.

“In a democratic party like the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), members have to disagree and later agree on principle, especially regarding sensitive matters as the constitution review.

“As a party, we wish to assure our members, supporters and the general public that our legislators are only differing on substance but have a common agreement that they will all pass the Bill on the voting day,” the statement by Etale read.

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