ODM Top Brass Divided Over Bid to Impeach Governor Obado

There is divided opinion in ODM party on whether governor Okoth Obado should continue holding on to his position despite facing a murder charge.

Justice Jessi Lesit will this afternoon rule on whether Obado who has denied the accusation will be released on bail or spend more time in remand.

ODM Secretary General Edwin opines that although they are concerned that Obado has been charged with a serious offense, the party will wait for the judicial process to take its course before any action is taken.

“We will wait for the court process to end,” said Sifuna, who was busy campaigning for the party’s senator candidate Ochilo Ayacko in Nyatike.

But vocal Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga disagreed.

“What more do we need to convince the public that the Governor is involved. His aides and a car linked to one of his aides has been traced to the scene of crime. This should be grounds enough for MCAs in Migori to start impeachment proceedings and my party ODM should lead this process,” she argued.

“We want our party to act on this matter so that the people of Migori continue to be properly served. Obado’s position has become untenable especially because he will have to spend a lot of his time defending himself at the expense of running the county,” Wanga said.

The Star reports that Migori Deputy Governor Nelson Mwita Mahanga technically has been in control since Monday when Obado was charged and locked up.

Although Mahanga has not made any public moves to show that he is in charge, those close to him say that he was in communication with his boss and acting on his instructions.

On Monday, he chaired a meeting with a delegation from the World Bank which is funding several agriculture projects in the county, a move that excited some members of the minority Kuria community.

Residents from the larger Kuria region thronged Migori county offices to meet the deputy governor.

If Obado is forced out of office or steps down, Mahanga would legally be mandated to complete the remainder of the term as governor as happened in Nyeri early this year when Mutahi Kahiga took over upon the death of governor Wahome Gakuru.

Yesterday, MCAs begun collecting signatures to commence impeachment proceedings against Obado although Migori county assembly speaker Boaz Okoth said he had not received any impeachment motion.

“No one had brought any motion and when they do we will subject it to the provisions of the law,” Okoth said.

Migori has 56 MCAs, two thirds (40) of whom must support any impeachment motion to pass after following the required process.

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