Jubilee Party has suspended three MCAs for what it termed as a breach of the Party’s Code of Conduct.
The three embattled MCAs, Hon Ann Thumbi, Sylvia Museiya, and Millicent Jager, appeared before the Jubilee Disciplinary Committee on Thursday. All three are nominated MCAs.
De-whipped from all committees
The Jubilee Disciplinary Committee suspended the three for three months and de-whipping them from the committees from which they served.
The Disciplinary Committee Chair, Muchai Lumatete, said that they found the three MCAs guilty of all charges that the Majority Whip of the Assembly had raised against them. Lumatete said that they heard all the complaints referred to the Committee on November 23, 2020. He said that they were satisfied with the facts presented before them, saying they relied on all parties’ evidence.
However, the Committee will give the complete reasons for their verdict within 14 days. This is in keeping with Jubilee Party National Disciplinary Committee Regulation 5.
They will now only only receive their salaries with no allowances and other perks.
Backed Sonko’s memorandum
The Three MCAs faced accusations that included going against the Jubilee Party position in the Budget 2020/2021. This move is after they backed Sonko when he refused to sign a budget for the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS). They were part of 27 who had voted for Sonko’s memorandum, which rejected the Ksh 37.5 billion budget for Nairobi County.
Ann Thumbi had previously shown defiance as she dared her party to de-whip her. However, when appearing before the Committee on Thursday with their lawyer, Kipchumba Murkomen, she said she was loyal to the party. Museiya, on her part, was also defiant, declaring her support for Sonko was why they had summoned her. She also said she was facing persecution for being against the BBI.
On his part, Governor Mike Sonko is facing an impeachment, with 87 ward representatives ready to impeach him. In the face of all this, Sonko has said that he is prepared to go home.