The political rivalry between ODM’s Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto appears to be taking center stage of nice again as focus shift ms to Migori where the embattled county’s chief Obado is set to be impeached.
Obado who’s also scheming to utilize the political clout that this is coming with, has accused ODM of coercing members of the party to impose the impeachment process against him. Obado insists that ODM doesn’t have the numbers to sustain the motion in the assembly.
The Governor was barred from accessing his office after being charged for theft of upto Sh73M County funds, Obado and his gang were released after paying Sh45M cash bail.
ODM then convened a meeting of MCAs from Migori immediately and resolved to raise the motion of impeachment on Obado arguing that he’s unfit for office. Separately, the governor is also facing murder and possession of illegal firearms charges.
Out of the 37 ODM MCAs who attended the meeting convened by the party’s chairman John Mbadi, only 23 appended their signatures with 14 refusing. It is not going to be a walk in the sand for ODM to sail through the impeachment motion in Migori which has 57 MCAs and the threshold for passing it is 43. ODM has 41 MCAs.
Apart from the numbers, there’s also the fear of the dreaded Sangwenya a violent political outfit that supports Obado and has stormed the assembly on several occasions. MCAs fear that the gang is likely to intimidate and possibly raid the assembly during the motion’s debate in bid to save Obado. However, Mbadi gave surety that enough security officers will be dispatched to man the assembly.
DP Ruto who’s friendship with Obado dates back in the days when Obado was the Kenya Sugar Board Director and him the Agriculture minister is expected to spring into action to save his friend once again.
At the sugar board, Obado expanded his networks and started to mint millions which fortified his strength. By the time he made up his mind to vie for KSB chairmanship, fate and fortune clashed to reward his torturous life.
At the time, Deputy President William Ruto was running the show at Kilimo House as the minister, and he was beginning to take on his boss Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Ruto backed Obado while Raila was for Saulo Busolo, a former MP. Obado won.
Not long thereafter, Raila and Ruto fell apart.
Sitting at the apex of the board, Obado’s friendship with Ruto blossomed. When Obado showed interest to run for governorship, Ruto once again promised his support.
Mistrusted, Obado lost in ODM primaries but moved to PDP, an affiliate party in Jubilee coalition to campaign against ODM. Many ODM insiders wished him away, dropped their guard and waited for coronation after the ballot.
But Obado trudged on headlong in door-to-door campaign with an obscure party, exploiting his sugar political networks. When the results came, he had floored Prof Oyugi Akong’o, an old ally and advisor of Raila.
Obado has hosted the DP several times against ODM’s wishes, including shortly after he was released from prison on bail over the murder of his pregnant girlfriend Sharon Otieno. The case is ongoing.
Then, he alluded to ODM’s hand in his woes and asked his constituents to allow him to work with Ruto.
“As your governor, I want you to permit me to walk alongside the Deputy President everywhere so that my people of Migori can get development… I am seeing a few people want me to be swallowed by crocodiles. I want you to pray for me so that I am not swallowed by the crocodile,” Obado said in November 2018.
Already politicians affiliated with DP Ruto have subtlety been showing support for the governor. They’re attributing Obado’s predicaments to political witch-hunt and for not being in good books with ODM. Kericho County Senator Aaron Cheruiyot said, “But Okoth Obado, you ought to have known better. How difficult was it to ask your colleague governors from ODM what it takes to get away with looting their counties. Some have even received public endorsements for 2nd term.
Sadaka ya Enugu is a must. Sasa ona.”
Ruto is expected to marshal support for Obado both on the county and senate where the field is set for a fierce battle.
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