President William Ruto while speaking in Homa Bay County on Saturday, July 15 during the thanksgiving ceremony of Interior CS Raymond Omollo, told Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) renegade Members of Parliament (MPs) that receiving a disciplinary letter from their party is a sign that they are maturing politically.
“I was ODM deputy leader and if you are issued with a disciplinary letter just know your things are ripening. If you want to move forward politically just get the disciplinary letter,” the president stated.
The President gave an example of his own experience when he was a member of ODM saying he had a fair share of court appearances.
“I was taken to court by ODM as they tried to chase me. We had a long battle in court and you will come I tell you what to do. For five years and in the next elections I became the Deputy President,” he added.
As such the head of state told the six rebel MPs that they were on the right path toward creating a name for themselves politically and delivering for their electorates.
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Nonetheless, the ODM rebel MPs include Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Paul Abuor (Rongo), and Elisha Odhiambo (Gem).
Others are Caroli Omondi (Suba South), John Owino (Awendo), Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda, and Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu East, Independent).
President Ruto advised the MPs weeks after meeting them at State House Nairobi.
Likewise, the legislators expressed their desire to work with the head of state in delivering services to their constituents.
However, ODM leader Raila Odinga castigated the MPs after meeting the president threatening to eject them from their seats.
“Those MPS voted for by ODM and jumped ship to Kenya Kwanza must go home. They must come back here and seek election again.” He said.
“If you were elected, you must come back to your side. The law says that the people can have the power, and we will go back to them,” Raila added.