The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has cracked the whip on Kilifi North MP Owen Baya Party for being loyal to Deputy President William Ruto.
The Orange party has now suspended him from his position as deputy organising secretary citing ‘lack of commitment to party affairs.’
Following a two-day retreat of National Executive Committee members at a Machakos hotel, the party reached a conclusion to suspend the Kilifi North.
“Cognisant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations, the NEC resolved to suspend Mr Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as deputy organising secretary, given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna announced in a statement on Saturday.
NEC also approved the SUSPENSION of Hon. Owen Baya from the NEC following his public utterances that have been unkind to the party and its leadership. The Disciplinary Committee will take up the matter and make a verdict. pic.twitter.com/hwWVj5uuGh
— The ODM Party (@TheODMparty) September 26, 2020
Association with DP Ruto
Mr Baya has fallen out without ODM leader Raila Odinga, after a host of Coast Mps allied to Nyali Mp Mohammed openly rebelled against ODM.
Over the past few months, the Mps have been politically associating with Deputy President William Ruto.
In July, during the heated debate on the revenue-sharing formula, he led a host of Coast MPs allied to the DP in criticising Mr Odinga, accusing him of betraying the region due to his stand on a proposed formula and parliamentary jobs.
The legislator was also among those at DP Ruto’s home on Thursday, during a meeting with Mr Feisal Bader Abdallah, who announced that he will participate in the Msambweni by-election as an independent candidate.
Other Mps who attended the Karen meeting include; Athman Shariff (Lamu East), Mohammed Ali (Nyali), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi).