Gwendo suspended from TNA, Sakaja says decision not final

August 28, 2015 3:59 pm
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The committee insists Gwendo brought shame to the party which President Uhuru Kenyatta is associated with, while also being disrespectful to the Kisumu branch after she defied summons to appear before the branch officials/FILE
The committee insists Gwendo brought shame to the party which President Uhuru Kenyatta is associated with, while also being disrespectful to the Kisumu branch after she defied summons to appear before the branch officials/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The National Alliance (TNA) national disciplinary committee has resolved to suspend Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo from the ruling party for gross misconduct.

The report by the committee to the party also recommended that the national oversight board expel the Senator from the party.

The committee insists Gwendo brought shame to the party which President Uhuru Kenyatta is associated with, while also being disrespectful to the Kisumu branch after she defied summons to appear before the branch officials.

“The charged member has actively supported the agenda of the opposition both within and outside parliament contrary articles 4(8) (b) of the party Constitution,” reads the letter.

The disciplinary also recommended that Gwendo who was a member of the Information Communication and Technology committee be de-whipped from all Senate committees.

Gwendo had been accused supporting Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s ideals owing to the fact that he is seeking an elective post in Nyanza.

On Thursday, the same committee acquitted Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria from incitement to violence charges he was facing.

The judgment concluded that the offensive video recording broadcast on local and social media showing Kuria making the alleged inflammatory statements were edited and therefore unreliable.

“”We are convinced that the media only published a small part of a longer speech which the charged member made on the 10th June, 2015 and as such, the context may have been lost,” read part of the judgment.

The disciplinary committee which had also been investigating Nyeri county Woman Representative Priscilla Nyokabi accused of fixing Uhuru Kenyatta in the ICC case he was facing was the biggest winner as the accusations against here were dismissed.

READ: TNA acquits Kuria on incitement charges

Already the decision by the disciplinary committee has elicited public outrage forcing TNA party chairman Johnson Sakaja to defend the party.

In a message posted on his Twitter handle Sakaja confirmed that he had received the decision of the disciplinary committee but said the matter was subject to review.

“The decisions are not final and shall be reviewed to ensure justice & fairness. All cases that were finalized over the past two weeks will be reviewed as per the Constitution of the party,” read part of the tweet.

The decision is also expected to bring about sharp reactions from women parliamentarians who may feel that one of their own has been targeted, this coming at a time when the clamour for women rights is taking shape as women agitate for the two thirds gender rule to see more women take up elective positions.

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