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ODM resolves to have Obado impeached over graft allegations

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has resolved to have Migori Governor Okoth Obado impeached for gross misconduct and corruption.

Addressing the matter, ODM Chairman and Suna East MP John Mbadi said the decision was arrived at following a meeting with ODM officials and a section of Migori County MCAs.

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The Raila Odinga led party said the impeachment process will be initiated as soon as possible and have the Deputy Governor Nelson Mahanga take over.

“Due to corruption charges leveled against Gvn Okoth Obado & the decision by the court to bar him from accessing his office, the party in consultations with County MCAs has resolved to have a motion of impeachment against the gvn initiated immediately & have the Dep. Gvn take over,” ODM said in a statement.

Reports reaching indicate that 37 out of 41 MCAs are in support of the Governor’s ouster.

Mbadi also claimed that Obado has been issuing threats to Mahanga largely affecting his work as the county’s deputy governor.

“Something so unique abiut Migori is that the deputy Governor has in the recent oast been denied access to his office and even his official car was taken away from him,” Mbadi said.

This came five days after the Governor alongside his four children were arrested over KSh 73 million fraud.

According to Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, the governor indirectly received KSh 73.4 million from companies that traded with the county government between 2013 – 2017.

The DPP added that Obado’s four children separately received KSh 34.5 million from Obado’s companies and three brothers, who acted as proxies in some firms the county boss owned.

Obado and his four children were on Monday, August 31 freed on KSh18.25 million cash bail after they denied KSh 73million fraud charges.

The court ruled that their liberty be upheld as each case must be considered on its own merit.

“I will consider the amount each of the accused person in the charges and the number of charges. COVID-19 is also a factor to be considered,” Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi said.

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