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Uyoma MCA sworn in as questions are raised over his identity

Recently-elected member of the county assembly for Uyoma West, Samuel Olasi, was sworn into office on Tuesday as some residents alleged that he was using false identity.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 24 Jun 2016 13:42 EAT

Recently-elected member of the county assembly for Uyoma West, Samuel Olasi, was sworn into office on Tuesday as some residents alleged that he was using false identity. The residents petitioned Speaker George Okode not to swear in the new MCA, whom they accused of using the identity of his departed brother.

The residents had on June 20 petitioned the county assembly to block Olasi’s swearing-in, alleging that the new MCA is known throughout the region as ‘Okoth’, but he had adopted the name ‘Onyango Olasi’ which belonged to his deceased brother. They wanted the assembly to investigated how the MCA adopted the name.

The Speaker overuled the petition, saying county assemblies lack the power to stop the swearing in of MCAs whose election has been duly certified by the electoral commission. He asked the petitioners to seek legal redress in a court of law if they wanted to stop the MCA’s assumption of office.

After being sworn, Olasi explained that his official name is Samuel Onyango Olasi, and that the name ‘Okoth’ by which he is popularly known was a nickname given to him in honour of his grandfather, who was called Okoth

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