Governor Okoth Obado's guards withdrawn

Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Mr Obado's guards were withdrawn hours after Migori County Assembly Speaker Boaz Okoth made similar claims.
  • Police sources claimed there was an ongoing down-scaling of security attached to senior politicians.

The troubles engulfing Migori Governor Okoth Obado boiled over on Wednesday after his security detail was withdrawn.

Mr Obado's guards were withdrawn hours after Migori County Assembly Speaker Boaz Okoth made similar claims.

Migori County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich said he was not aware of the alleged withdrawal of the governor’s security.

Police sources claimed there was an ongoing down-scaling of security attached to senior politicians.

Meanwhile, the proposed impeachment of Mr Obado has now become a wait-and-see affair as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, the governor and MCAs keep their cards close to their chests.

After three full sittings later this week, the county assembly of Migori was Wednesday unable to kick off the process. Uncertainty now surrounds the planned tabling of the motion.

At the same time, Kuria women leaders have called for the immediate impeachment of Mr Obado.

Under the auspices of Kuria Women Professionals, the group castigated the casual manner in which the county’s MCAs are handling the impeachment process.

Led by former Woman Rep Dennitah Ghati and Ms Lilian Mahiri Zaja, the women criticised leaders from the region for not speaking out against alleged corruption at the county government despite the county having suffered from poor leadership since Governor Obado took over seven years ago.

This, they said, had negatively impacted on the development of the county and especially on minority communities.

“It is disturbing that, in this era of devolution, hospitals in Kuria are in a pathetic condition forcing women to travel long distances to either Migori or Kisii to get basic services like Caesarean sections,” said Ms Ghati.

The leaders said they are behind the constitutional position and the court’s decision that the governor keeps off the management of county affairs until the matter is determined.

“We as women professionals now say enough of the sideshows. Just like other counties, we need good governance in Migori, quality infrastructure, well equipped and functioning health facilities, development in our sub-counties including targeted programmes aimed at empowering women in the county,” said Ms Zaja.

Welcome!

You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.