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Friday, 31 Mar 2017 19:26 EAT
The Orange Democratic Movement has banned Homa Bay County youth leader Kevin Ouma and not deputy governor Hamilton Orata from holding any elective or appointive party office while ten others have been cautioned. Earlier news went round that it was Mr Orata who was red carded by the party causing panic and anxiety in the circles of Homa Bay County government.
“Let me clarify that the person who has been banned is Ouma, not Orata. We are sorry for the confusion which occurred. While Homa Bay Town MP Opondo Kaluma and Washington Ogaga have been fined Sh100,000 each,” said the party’s Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen. The party boss said that Mr Ouma has been penalized for being implicated in cases of violence which occurred in the county last year. “He has been barred because of the cases experienced ahead of the Luo Cultural Festival,” Mr Ong’wen said.
Those in the list of the yellow carded are Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti, Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata, MPs Oyugi Magwanga (Kasipul), Opondo Kaluma (Homa Bay Town MP), Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka), and women representative Gladys Wanga.
In his clarification about a document obtained by Kenya Free Press over the matter, Mr Ong’wen said that the party’s Central Committee had resolved to reprimand some members accused of involving in chaos that marred ODM rally on November 27, 2016. “The National Elections Board made the recommendations as a measure of combating violence ahead of the party primaries slated for April 19,” he said.
Others are Washington Ogaga, Enosh Bolo and Jack Nduri, who have been implicated in the Waondo incident in which the crowd heckled and booed Governor Awiti, sending him off the podium during the memorial service of former Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’.
“The above persons be cautioned that their subsequent involvement in any act of disruption or violence shall lead to automatic disqualification from seeking any office in the Party,” the document read in part. “The party is committed to discipline and has put measures in place to prevent violence ahead of the party primaries,” he added.
Cases of election violence have just begun rearing its ugly head with two gubernatorial aspirants Sam Wakiaga and Magwanga being on the receiving end when hired goons recently unleashed terror on their campaign teams putting police under spotlight.
However, area residents have lauded the move by the party if saying if it is upheld perpetrators of violence will have place to cause chaos.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Homa Bay County