, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 7 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is keen to reinstate four ‘rebel’ Members of Parliament to committees in the National Assembly.
The party had de-whipped Ken Obura of Kisumu Central, Samuel Arama of Nakuru Town West, Dalmas Otieno of Rongo and Zainab Chidzuga the Kwale Woman Representative from various committees in the National Assembly.
The newly elected ODM party Secretary for Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi says reinstating them is a reconciliatory approach for the party to ensure no member drifts away.
Wandayi says the four MPs should show remorse for their actions and willingness to commit themselves to the ideals of the party, saying he will raise the matter at the party National Executive Committee to reinstate them.
“I want to assure those four members that in the spirit of reconciliation and spirit of moving forward as one family if they are remorseful and willing to dedicate themselves to the ideals of the party I will take up their case to bring them back,” he said.
He says the party now needs every member to focus on the coming elections.
On Thursday, attempts by ODM to replace the de-whipped MPs from committees flopped when a motion presented by CORD Minority Whip Thomas Mwadegu was defeated after Jubilee legislators termed the move’ parliamentary dictatorship and political intolerance.