The move by the ODM Party to begin an impeachment process against Migori Governor Okoth Obado is already facing huddles even as a hot political battle is expected.
It is now emerging that the ODM MCAs who attended the impromptu national secretariat meeting in Nairobi may have been coerced into signing for the removal of the embattled governor.
Speaking to Ramogi Fm on Wednesday, Obado said that ODM has no enough MCAs to kick him out.
During the interview with the Dholuo radio, Obado said that ODM ‘placed MCAs in a closed meeting and intimidated them.’
While calling out ODM for outright dictatorship, the governor who is out on a 8.7 million bail he will not allow to be taken away by Raila’s party.
“During the meeting Mbadi told MCAs that the decision to impeach me was directed by government and that police will be availed in large numbers at the assembly, which I see as intimidation and dictatorship to subvert the will of Migori residents,” Obado further said.
Obado also rubbished claims by ODM chairman John Mbadi that he had barred his
Deputy Nelson Mahanga from accessing his office apart from confiscating his official car.
“Those claims by ODM against my deputy are a political means to push through the impeachment agenda in Kuria region where I enjoy good support.” said Obado.
He further continued: “DG Nelson Mahanga has his official vehicle, access to his office and we have a good relationship,” Obado said.
While this is happening, senators aligned to the Deputy President William Ruto have called out ODM’s hypocrisy on the Obado case, arguing that it is politically motivated.
Speaking to the Star Newspaper, Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei said ODM have no solid basis for impeaching Obado.
“We expect if MCAs are to impeach Governor Obado, they need to have solid grounds as provided for by the Constitution. At this time, it is for political expediency because as a party which prides itself in democracy ODM is applying double standards,” Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei told the Star.
He further called out ODM for their stance on Kemsa corruption scandal where billions of covid-19 funds were allegedly lost.
“The other day they [ODM] were telling us on the Kemsa heist that we wait until a special audit is done. What has changed? Why are they speaking from both sides of their mouth? It means they are being pretentious and it makes us believe that there is much more than meets the eye.”
It is believed that Ruto will fight to save Obado from impeachment and his allies at
the senate are ready for the battle.
Ruto and Obado have been close friends since the DP was Agriculture Minister during Kibaki’s tenure as president.
The impeachment of Obado will require a majority vote of 43 members out of the total 57 MCAs.
ODM boasts of 41 members while Jubilee has 3 elected MCAs with the rest being Ford Kenya two, PPOK one and seven Independent MCAs.
During the meeting by ODM on Tuesday, 23 Members of County Assembly are said to have willingly signed up to impeach Obado.
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