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Jalang’o responds to ODM expulsion. KOT react

By Nyaboga Kiage September 7th, 2023 2 min read

The recent expulsion of Lang’ata lawmaker Phelix Odiwuor, popularly known as Jalang’o, from the ODM party has stirred both political and public interest.

Jalang’o known for his witty humor and outspoken nature, responded to his expulsion with a quote from Corinthians 10:13: “No trial is too heavy to lift! No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Also read: Kisumu Senator defiant after ODM expulsion: ‘I have no apologies’

In his characteristic funny man style, Jalang’o also took to Instagram, humorously stating, “Kimeniramba mpaka nimekua motivational speaker (I’m in hot soup, so much so that I’ve become a motivational speaker).”

The decision to expel Jalang’o and several other MPs, including Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Senator Tom Ojienda (Kisumu), Hon. Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), and Caroli Omondi (Suba South), was made during a meeting of the ODM National Executive Committee (NEC).

They were accused of defying the party’s position since the 2022 elections and engaging in gross misconduct.

This action taken by ODM adheres to the Political Parties Act, 2011, which states that the constitution of a political party binds a member and may be expelled only if they violate the provisions of the constitution, which typically outline the party’s disciplinary procedures.

Also read: What next for Jalang’o after ODM expulsion?

The news of Jalang’o’s expulsion sparked a range of reactions on social media. Some users expressed their willingness to support him in future political endeavors, while others provided advice and perspective on his situation. There were also differing opinions on party loyalty and political choices.

@Bossyator, offered a candid assessment, suggesting that the individual in question might be politically finished unless they can execute a miraculous comeback similar to Ababu Namwamba’s, which is no easy feat. The tweet emphasized the importance of maintaining support from the people in politics.

While @kchepkindet, encouraged Jalang’o, addressing them as “Mheshimiwa,” not to fear and acknowledged their decision as the right one for the sake of their people.

@Lazooj, drew a parallel of the situation with Raila Odinga’s bold move in 1994, suggesting that if  Jalang’o has the support of the people, they should consider making a similar defining decision.

Media personality turned pilot, @timnjiru, offered words of encouragement, reminding Jalang’o that no experience is ever wasted and that he can still thrive in his current position, emphasising the importance of truth.

@Benswap, shared an opinion that it’s not akin to a cult following, hinting at the diversity of political opinions and affiliations.

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