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THREE rebel ODM MPs apologise to Raila

ODM MPs pardoned after defying party position apologize to Raila Odinga in a surprise U-turn.

According to reports, MPs Paul Abuor (Rongo), Mark Nyamita (Uriri), and Esther Passaris (Nairobi) tendered their apologies to the party as was directed by the outfit’s top decision-making organ.

“What I can tell you is that the three MPs have complied with the NEC’s directive and have handed their apology letters as of Monday this week,” a senior ODM official not allowed to speak on disciplinary issues disclosed.

However, this is seen as backtracking on the part of Abuor and Nyamita, who were hosted by the President at the State House just days after receiving pardons, a move that passed as mockery to the ODM boss, Raila Odinga.

The leaders reportedly went to State House to officially invite President William Ruto for another development tour of Luo Nyanza a few months after he camped in the region to launch projects.

ODM’s National Executive Committee had last week directed the trio to apologize to the party within one week.

They were accused of advancing the agenda of the rival party after meeting Ruto at State House in February in total disregard of the party’s position.

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Raila had accused the MPs of betrayal after they visited State House a number of times to meet the President despite ODM’s objection.

NEC also recommended the expulsion of MPs Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Phelix Odiwuor (Lang’ata) and Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda.

They have, however, moved to the Political Parties Tribunal to challenge the NEC’s verdict.

The Tribunal chaired by Desma Nundo last week temporarily stopped their expulsion.

Meanwhile, the party is currently preparing for a National Governing Council (NGC) to ratify the NEC’s decision on the expulsion of rebel ODM MPs.

After getting the approval of the NGC, the party is expected to formally write to the Registrar of Political Parties seeking the removal of five rebel MPs from their party register.

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