Kenyans are still trying to process the reason why Lang’ata Member of Parliament Phelix Odiwuor Jalang’o was denied entrance to the Azimio la Umoja Parliamentary Group meeting (PG) in Machakos on Thursday, February 9.

A commotion ensued as his entourage attempted to force their way into the venue.

This prompted Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and his Suna East counterpart Junet Mohamed to intervene.

A section of the men who attempted to block Jalang’o were also heard shouting at the MP to go to State House. Jalang’o, however, gained access to the venue while shielded by Raila Odinga’s loyalists.

The Lang’ata MP was in Machakos for the PG convened by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Attempts to block the legislator from attending the PG came after several ODM MPs criticized him for attending a meeting that President William Ruto convened at State House on Tuesday, February 7.


However, the legislators refuted the claims adding that the meeting was centered around development talks.

On his part, the Lang’ata MP explained that Ruto called him to State House to discuss a crucial project set to benefit his constituents.

“Remember, the President’s first project was in Lang’ata, which was why I was there. Ruto called for the meeting.

“I was told to sit with them because I come from the region. Being a leader, it was only noble that I sit with them there,” he explained.

Nonetheless, a section of ODM loyalists cautioned him from engaging the government and disobeying party orders.

“Jalang’o only became Lang’ata MP a few days ago after Baba (Raila Odinga) gave him a direct ODM ticket. Now he thinks Baba can’t tell him anything. Thinks now he is Messiah of Lang’ata,” Migori senator, Eddy Oketch trolled the lawmaker.

“We disassociate ourselves with a visit to State House, Nairobi, by a group of ODM MPs. The visit by the MPs was personal and not sanctioned by any of our official ODM party organs,” Siaya governor, James Orengo, added.

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