Raila Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya.
The party in a statement on Saturday said the National Executive Council had resolved to suspend the legislator after he recently showed disloyalty to the Orange party.
“NEC also approved the SUSPENSION of Hon. Owen Baya from the NEC following his public utterances that have been unkind to the party and its leadership. The Disciplinary Committee will take up the matter and make a verdict,” reads a tweet by the ODM party.
Baya was suspended after a two-day retreat at Stoni Athi Resort in Athi River.
As a result of the suspension, the MP had also been relieved of his post as the party’s deputy organising secretary.
“Cognisant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations, the NEC resolved to suspend Hon. Owen Baya, the MP for Kilifi North from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organisisng Secretary given his recent utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its onbjectives,” ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said.
On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.
His woes seem to have escalated after he accompanied the Msambweni aspirant to DP’s Karen home.
ODM will be fielding a candidate in the Msambweni by-election and has reached an agreement with Jubilee not to field their candidate.
DP Ruto however contested his party’s move saying he would have wanted to have a candidate battle with ODM.