In Summary
  • Those who know Ms Jumwa’s history with switching political parties since 1997 when she was elected as a councillor might have been indifferent concerning the information being traded last week.

  • Did she, or did she not, switch loyalty from DP Ruto and return to ODM? That is still the question.

  • From messages posted by ODM’s communications director Philip Etale, Ms Jumwa indeed returned to the party that expelled her for being disloyal.

The year is 2011 and Aisha Jumwa is on a mission to defend Kanu, the party that ushered her into politics.

She has just learnt that some Orange Democratic Party (ODM) politicians went to the Kanu headquarters in Kilifi and erased all the symbols of the independence party in a protracted dispute over the building.

SINGING DIRGE

When Ms Jumwa storms the contested structure accompanied by a crowd, she pulls down the ODM flag then declares that she is one of the true Kanu members who have documents regarding the ownership of the building.

She later leads efforts to repaint the building back to Kanu colours, as reported by Taifa Leo of December 23, 2011.

At that time, Ms Jumwa was in the political cold, having unsuccessfully vied to be Bahari MP on a National Rainbow Coalition ticket in the 2007 General Election.

Prior to vying for a parliamentary seat in 2007, she was a councillor for Takaungu ward on the backing of Kanu.

Fast-forward to August 6, 2017. It is hours to the General Election and at a rally in Kilifi, Ms Jumwa — a woman Representative on an ODM ticket since 2013 — leads residents in singing a dirge for Jubilee Party, in a show of confidence that ODM will trounce the latter in the polls.

Forward again to January 2019. This time, Ms Jumwa is declaring at a rally that she is serving as Malindi MP via ODM Party because it helped her win the 2017 election.

“Lakini 2022, nimehama,” she declares, to mean that she plans to decamp during the next General Election. By the time she was uttering those words, her dalliance with Deputy President William Ruto was an open secret.

EXPELLED

Those who know Ms Jumwa’s history with switching political parties since 1997 when she was elected as a councillor might have been indifferent concerning the information being traded last week.

Did she, or did she not, switch loyalty from DP Ruto and return to ODM? That is still the question.

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