The Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (Kewopa) was on Tuesday divided over the fate of Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa after her party ODM excommunicated her over disloyalty and gross misconduct.
A faction of National Assembly women MPs, led by Kandara's Alice Wahome, defended the embattled MP at parliament buildings under the auspices of Kewopa but Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga said the group had not agreed on the matter.
From the start, it seemed there was a properly crafted scheme to defend the Malindi MP. As Ms Jumwa issued her statement in the National Assembly chamber, Ms Wahome’s group of about 10 MPs converged at the parliamentary media centre to support one of their own.
“I have been unjustly condemned for building bridges with other Kenyans,” Ms Jumwa said in reference to the Building Bridges Initiative. The BBI was the culmination of the famous March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, aimed at bringing the country together after the divisive 2017 general election.
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