Quit, Dalmas told as branch kicks him out

Embattled Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno has been told to quit ODM and pave the way for a by-election.

This came as the party branch in his constituency announced it had expelled him for allegedly supporting the ideologies of another political outfit.

Speaking to reporters in Mombasa Wednesday, Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra urged Mr Otieno to resign from the party.

“He must do so now so that we can have a by-election. ODM is a strong party and no one can shake it. He is like an insect in ODM,” Mr Sumra said.

The MP said Mr Otieno’s time in politics was up and he should let youth lead.

“Every product has its expiry date. Dalmas is among those who have expired politically and should hand over to younger people like Hassan Joho, Ababu Namwamba, Irshad Sumra, Ken Obura and Ken Okoth,” he said.

Mr Sumra said the only person exempted was former Prime Minister Raila Odinga “because of the contributions he has made to the country”.

He denied claims that he has links with Jubilee. “I said I will support President Kenyatta in development matters, not in any other way. In fact, we will ensure we clinch the Mathare seat in the forthcoming by-election, which will be a fight between Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta.”

In Rongo, local officials wrote a letter to the party headquarters in Orange House, Nairobi, asking the party to ratify their decision to expel Mr Otieno.

“Following the formation of his own party…we have terminated his membership in accordance with the ODM constitution,” the letter says. Last week, Mr Otieno announced that he had registered a new political party to rival ODM.-nation.co.ke

Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno speaks during the induction workshop for MPs at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi, April 11, 2013. A cross-section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) officials from Migori County have told Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno to quit the party instead of wrecking it from within. PHOTO/STEPHEN MUDIARI | FILE

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