Migori ODM disciplinary committee wants Governor Obado expelled


Migori Governor Okoth Obado in court on Friday, October 12, 2018. Photo/DZUYA WALTER
Migori Governor Okoth Obado in court on Friday, October 12, 2018. Photo/DZUYA WALTER

In Summary

  • The committee wants Masaba MCA Abedi Maroa, county party organising secretary Joseph Nyambori and Festos Mapema expelled over gross misconduct and violation of the party rules.
  • The committee also stated that Governor Obado has continuously disobeyed the party.
  • The fate of the four ODM members who have been recommended for expulsion now lies in the hands of the party’s national disciplinary committee.

Migori County’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party disciplinary committee has recommended for the expulsion of Governor Okoth Obado as well as three others from the party.

In a report tabled to the ODM County Coordinating office by the disciplinary committee Chairperson, Moniko Joseph, the committee wants Masaba MCA Abedi Maroa, county party organising secretary Joseph Nyambori and Festos Mapema expelled over gross misconduct and violation of the party rules.

The committee also stated that Governor Obado has continuously disobeyed the party, further accusing him of even openly opposing the party in the recent Migori senatorial by-election where he backed a rival candidate.

“He has embarrassed the party and the party leader… he has also been campaigning for another candidate outside of the party… we summoned him to come yet he ignored all sittings,” said Mr. Moniko.

Migori County ODM party Chairman Philip Makabongo added that the recent charges against the governor have also tainted the name of the party on whose ticket he was elected.

Mr. Makabongo also stated that Obado’s recent utterances to his supporters to allow him “walk with deputy president William Ruto” insinuate that he is longer interested in the ODM party agenda.

The fate of the four ODM members who have been recommended for expulsion now lies in the hands of the party’s national disciplinary committee which will either endorse or disallow the county disciplinary committee’s report.

Obado was arrested on Wednesday after 8 guns were found during a raid on his homes in Migori and Nairobi by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The Migori County boss still also has a pending case in which he is accused of murdering Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby.

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