My security has been withdrawn, says Migori County Speaker

Migori County Assembly Speaker Boaz Okoth addresses journalists after he adjourned the Wednesday sitting over threats to his life.

Photo credit: Tonny Omondi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Mr Okoth has alleged that his security was withdrawn on Tuesday night and his home attacked.
  • He recorded a statement with the police on Wednesday morning.

Migori County Assembly Speaker Boaz Okoth has once again adjourned a planned sitting on grounds that his life was in danger.

Mr Okoth has alleged that his security was withdrawn on Tuesday night and his home attacked. 

He recorded a statement with the police on Wednesday morning.

An emotional Okoth had earlier almost broken down while narrating the ordeal to MCAs at the Wednesday morning sitting.

He said his security was withdrawn on Tuesday evening before unknown people stormed his home in Nyikendo village, some eight kilometres from Migori town, later in the night.

“The thugs stormed my home at dawn but never succeeded to break into my house. Fortunately, I happened to be away during the incident,” Mr Okoth told journalists after recording a statement.

This was the second time the Migori Speaker was alleging threats to his life, barely five days after he claimed that he was attacked at a Kisumu hotel by goons allied to ODM Secretary General Mr Edwin Sifuna.

In his latest claim, Mr Okoth said his security detail was withdrawn in unclear circumstances before his home was raided by unknown people.

“I don’t understand the motive behind the attack but I can boldly declare that I am a besieged man. The constant attacks clearly tell that there are people who are out to settle political scores,” he stated.

Hell-bent on ensuring his downfall

Before adjourning the Wednesday morning sitting, Mr Okoth accused some MCAs of being hell-bent on ensuring his downfall.

“I have no say on motions being tabled in the assembly,” he claimed.

“My work is to preside over issues in the House. If you choose to go ahead and impeach the governor, so be it,” he added.

On Tuesday, Mr Okoth unceremoniously dismissed the House sitting citing lack of social distancing in line with Covid-19 containment protocol.

"I had to adjourn today's sitting to Wednesday as the plenary was packed to capacity, defying the social distancing protocol laid down by the government. All motions and other house businesses that were to be tabled in the assembly have been carried forward to Wednesday morning," Mr Okoth ruled.

Migori County Assembly Speaker Boaz Okoth inside the chambers on Wednesday morning.

Photo credit: Tonny Omondi | Nation Media Group

All the 57 county assembly members had reported to the assembly raising stakes that an impeachment motion would be tabled.

Some of them, who had been in hiding citing security threats, appeared in the assembly in anticipation of the motion.

Even though the House adjourned to Wednesday, by Tuesday evening, it was still unclear when the motion would come up for debate.

It also remained unclear who was going to table and move it.

Sources told Nation.Africa early Wednesday morning that notice of the said motion would be presented to the House Business Committee in the course of the day, and the Migori Governor would be served on Thursday.

He is expected to defend himself before the assembly from next week.

The House is expected to resume this afternoon.