Tension High in Migori Ahead of Okoth Obado Impeachment Motion

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Tension remains high hours before Orange Democratic Movement MCAs table a motion of impeachment against Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

The police presence in the town of Migori has been beefed up, with a contingent of anti-riot officers staying alert ahead of the Tuesday afternoon showdown.

There have been fears that paid youths will cause chaos as they try to intimidate MCAs from debating the motion.

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And with some of the county assembly members going into hiding, it is still not clear whether the assembly will meet the quorum needed to table the impeachment motion.

A few days ago, the Migori Assembly Speaker while shedding light on the divisive matter, said that it was critical to give the lawmakers the freedom to decide on whether or not to impeach Obado.

Police are pictured around the Migori County Assembly premises ahead of the tabling of a motion to impeach Governor Okoth Obado, September 8, 2020.
Police are pictured around the Migori County Assembly premises ahead of the tabling of a motion to impeach Governor Okoth Obado, September 8, 2020. Image/ Nation Media Group

The ODM lawmakers are divided right in the middle even as the National Secretariat in Nairobi led by Chairman John Mbadi insist that they have the numbers to oust the under fire governor.

Reports from The Nation show that the Speaker Boaz Okoth as of Tuesday morning was yet to be handed the notice of motion.

On Friday, the speaker reported that his life was in danger after a group of youths led by ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna tried to force their way to his house.

During the incident, his body guard was injured but he was lucky to escape through the back gate.

He later went to Kisumu Central police station to report over the threats and attack at midnight.

Okoth who has been in and out of hospital over a leg injury maintained that the impending impeachment had nothing to do with him.

“I don’t know whether they are seeing me as someone who might not do what they want. I have nothing to do with that debate. I am only there to preside. The law is very clear,” he continued.

ODM resolved to impeach Obado after he alongside his four children were charged with graft.

They are linked to Sh73.4 million embezzlement of county funds.

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