Msambweni Member of Parliament (MP) Suleiman Dori is dead, his family has confirmed.
Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari also confirmed his death. Mr Dori died at Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa on Monday morning.
A relative, Shahame Azizi, said he passed on at around 5 am at the hospital where he has been receiving treatment for cancer in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a week.
“I have received the news this morning. His body is at Aga Khan. We are making arrangements to be there,” Mr Tayari said.
Mr Dori’s death comes after he had gone silent for months and was not seen in public. Close friends says that the MP had disappeared from the public limelight because he was sick.
Dori won the Msambeni parliamentary seat in 2013 on an ODM party ticket.
In December 2018, the ODM’s disciplinary committee’s gave recommendations to expel Dori and his Malindi counterpart Aisha Jumwa for backing Deputy President William Ruto, a member of rival party Jubilee.
In March 2019, ODM expelled Jumwa and spared Dori after he wrote a letter to the party. He was directed to appear before a special National Governing Council to explain himself.
The party remained adamant on Jumwa’s expulsion over gross misconduct.
In May 2019, Jumwa survived after the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) quashed disciplinary proceedings which led to her removal from the party.
“The tribunal hereby declares that the proceedings violated Article 47 of the constitution … were unprocedural and violated provisions of the Political Parties Act, Fair Administrative Action Act and Article 8.4.2 of the ODM,” the Tribunal said.