The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2014

Kenya: Fresh Row Over Majority Leader Post in Nyamira

NYAMIRA county assembly is headed for a fresh row over the purpoted removal of Majority Leader Beutta Omanga.

ODM headquatters, through executive director Magerer Langat on behalf of party secretary general Anyang Nyong'o sent a protest letter to the county assembly.

" We expect the party leadership in Nyamira county to comply with the party constitution for the smooth running of the Nyamira county assembly," the letter said.

The letter sent to Nyamira speaker Joash Nyamoko says ODM upholds Omanga as the assembly's majority leader.

The letter lists James Mating'a as the deputy majority leader, Peter Maroro as majority whip and Laban Masira deputy majority whip.

However, yesterday, Nyamoko said letter is in contempt of court.

Omanga obtained a court order last week,restraining Maroro from acting as a majority leader.

"We have a case in court and we have obeyed the orders awaiting the hearing and determination of the case. The court order supersedes the letter from ODM," Nyamoko said.

Speaking on the phone from Mombasa, Nyamoko said the assembly is guided by standing orders and ODM cannot purport to issue instruction to it.

"ODM leadership knows very well that it is the prerogative of MCAs to elect majority leaders. The ultimate decision will be made my MCAs and the party can only propose," he said.

During a meeting held two weeks ago Maroro of Manga Ward was elected leader of majority, while Callen Atuya of Bokeira Ward is his deputy.

Robert Ongwano of Township ward replaced Maroro as majority chief whip while nominated MCA Lucy Osusu was elected deputy chief whip.

Omanga was replaced because he was member of the County Assembly Service Board that allegedly paid Sh30 million to an insurance company for MCAs' medical cover.

The scandal is being investigated by the Ethics and Anti Corruption.

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