May 28th 2017

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Ongoro barred from contesting in Ruaraka, fined Sh1 million

The party’s Disciplinary Committee at the same fined her Sh1 million when it gave verdict over last month’s chaos where one person died after her supporters clashed with those of the current Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 13 Apr 2017 17:43 EAT

ODM deputy leader Wycliffe Oparanya addresses the media on disciplinary action against its leaders following chaos at their functions, April 13, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy)

ODM Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro has suffered a major political blow after being barred from seeking a parliamentary seat in Nairobi’s Ruaraka constituency. The party’s Disciplinary Committee at the same fined her Sh1 million when it gave verdict over last month’s chaos where one person died after her supporters clashed with those of the current Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’.

And as if that is not enough the senator was also directed to do a public apology. Last week, Ms Ongoro stormed Orange House with her supporters who harassed staff and roughed up the party’s executive director Oduor On'gwen. She had vowed to contest for the Ruaraka seat, but with her fate sealed it is to be seen whether she would ditch ODM for another party and vie in the same constituency.

Still in Ruaraka MCA Wilson Ochola of Utalii ward and Mr Atito an aspirant were fined Sh200,000 each.

According to ODM director of communications Philip Etale, the committee found Migori governor Okoth Obado responsible for violence and fined him Sh2 million. “He is also expected to apologize to the party and party leadership”, said Mr Etale in a Twitter message.

The committee has in the meantime set up a peace team to deal with the volatile Migori issue but stressed that violence was unacceptable urging leaders to exercise restraint.

In Busia violence, the committee reprimanded Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and gubernatorial aspirant and Funyula MP Paul Otuoma.

Nairobi lawyer who is aspiring for Mathare parliamentary seat Antony Oluoch and MCA Peter Owera of Mathare were each fined Sh200,000 for chaos in that constituency.

Meanwhile ODM National Election Board chairperson Judith Pareno has announced that dispute resolution boards have been established in each county to handle small disputes resulting from the ongoing primaries.

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