VIDEO:Rebel MPs Onyonka, Ogari return to ODM, apologise to Raila for joining Jubilee


Kisii MPs Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache North) and Simon Ogari (Bomachoge Chache) have rejoined ODM weeks after decamping to Jubilee Party.

Onyonka said JP, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto, had broken its promises to him.

“We have realised nothing is going to be done, that the country is taking the wrong direction… that we would rather stay in ODM and work with the party,” he said.

He apologised to members of the party led by opposition chief Raila Odinga and thanked them for welcoming him back.

“I take this opportunity to apologise to Raila and all ODM members,” he told a cheering crowd during the party’s meeting at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on Monday.

Onyonka was chased from a polling station during Nyacheki by-elections last week, where he had gone to witness voting. The crowd told him off saying he was not an observer.


The meeting was held to ratify the expulsion of eight governors and MPs who defected to Jubilee. The MPs could lose their parliamentary seats if the Registrar of Political Parties ratifies the decision of the party’s disciplinary committee.

The report of the committee chaired by Fred Athuok was unanimously adopted by the National Executive Committee meeting at Orange House on Sunday.

There were claims that some of the MPs may be pardoned but the national governing council is expected to give its say in today’s meeting.

The MPs are Ababu Namwamba (Budalang’i), Steven Kariuki (Mathare), John Waluke (Sirisia), Samuel Arama (Nakuru West), Mpuru Aburi (Tigania East).

Others are Isaac Mwaura (Nominated) and Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale woman representative).

The MP were de-whipped from National Assembly committees last week, with the exception of Chidzuga and Arama who had been removed earlier.

Richard Onyonka

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