Aisha Jumwa clashes with Sifuna at a burial in Malindi

SifunaODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna after Jumwa snatched the microphone from him

 Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa on Friday clashed with ODM secretary General Edwin Sifuna during the burial of Edward Benjamin Kingi in Jilore, Malindi.

The late Kingi was the father to Mombasa deputy governor William Kingi.

Sifuna was delivering a speech on behalf of ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Jumwa who was inviting political leaders to speak, grabbed the microphone from Sifuna and accused him of politicking at the burial.

The ODM Secretary General was explaining to the mourners the reasons that led to expulsion of Jumwa from the party.

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“As the Secretary General I have a duty to make sure party members adhere to party rules. I do not target anyone. I did not make the laws and whoever goes against them faces disciplinary action,” said Sifuna

Sifuna addressing mourners before Jumwa snatched the microphone from him.

Agitated Jumwa shouted Sifuna down and snatched the microphone from him.

 “We are not here for politics. Respect the Mijikenda and the family. They have warned us against turning the burial to a political arena. If you want to explain that look for an ODM platform,” said Jumwa.

Sifuna walked back to his seat to avoid a scuffle with the MP.

Political leaders present during the burial included Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and his deputy Gideon Saburi, Vihiga deputy governor Patrick Saisi and his vihiga counterpart Mjala Mlagui. Other leaders were, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch, Magarini MP Michalel Kingi, Teddy Mwambire (Ganze), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Nominated Senator Christine Zawadi, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and Kwale Senator Boy Juma Boy.

After the dress down, other speakers steered off politics save for Governor Kingi who called for the Coast unity.

“Such shameful incidences will no longer happen if we as a region unite and speak in one voice. The time to join other people’s political parties is over,“ he said

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