Coast Members of Parliament explain why they missed Raila event

Coast MPs
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Story Courtesy of The Nation

ODM MPs who missed a meeting chaired by party leader Raila Odinga on Monday on Tuesday downplayed their absence even as Deputy President William Ruto who is eyeing to cash on the opposition fallout returns to the Coast on Wednesday.

Mr Odinga’s former key lieutenant, Aisha Jumwa (Malindi MP) who has irked ODM hierarchy by declaring support for Mr Ruto’s presidential bid said she missed the meeting as she was outside the country. “I sent my apology to the ODM’s group (WhatsApp) notifying the leadership that I will not attend as I was abroad,” Ms Jumwa told the in a text message.

Ms Jumwa has termed Mr Ruto as not only the frontrunner in the 2022 contest but the “only runner.” Kaloleni MP Paul Katana who is a close ally of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said he sent his regrets through ODM Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen as he was attending to urgent matters in his constituency.