Will Migori Governor Okoth Obado survive impeachment?

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Migori Governor Okoth Obado

Members of the Migori County assembly are faced with hard choices as they come under pressure to impeach embattled Governor Okoth Obado.

This comes as members of ODM party expressed different opinions whether governor Obado should continue holding on to his position despite facing a murder charge.

Obado is facing murder charges over the death of university student Sharon Otieno. He is also being investigated for alleged corruption.

The second term Governor stands little chance of losing his job as Justice Jessi Lesit expected to make a ruling to determine his fate on Thursday 27 afternoon.

Already, a section of the civil society has started pushing for Obado’s resignation, citing Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.

Interviews with a cross-section of MCAs, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, painted the picture of an assembly torn between protecting its governor and bowing to pressure to kick him out.

Talking to Mkarimu media through a call an MCA said that they are pushed by people to impeach the governor.

“Many people are pushing us to start preparing grounds to impeach Obado after he was charged with murder. Others say we should protect him,” said the MCA.

ODM Secretary General Edwin said the party is concerned that Obado has been charged with a serious offence but they will wait for the judicial process to take its course before any action is taken.

But vocal Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga disagreed and wants the governor to be impeached.

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“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.

Several human rights activists and lawyers have demanded that Obado step aside or be impeached.

Among those demanding Obado’s removal from office is International Center for Policy and Conflict Executive Director Wainaina Ndung’u.

Legal officer Manwa Hosea said Obado’s integrity had been watered down and the county assembly should begin the process of impeaching him.

“Governor Obado should resign or allow the county assembly take up its responsibilities in passing the impeachment motion. They should not wait for the judicial process,” Mr. Hosea pointed

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