By Derrick Kiplagat
The Kisumu County Assembly has elected Marlin Atieno as the new Leader of Majority in an acting capacity and Deputy Majority Leader Mr. James Omollo also in an acting capacity. Both will take the oath of office on Tuesday before house business resumes on the same day. Ms. Atieno is also the chairperson of the implementation committee and Mr. Omollo is the West Nyakach Ward Representative.
The elections were conducted on Friday following concerns from lawyers and residents of that the laws being passed by the assembly in the absence of a substantive leader of majority and the deputy could be rendered unconstitutional. A fortnight ago, former Leader of Majority Mr. Samwel Ong’ow and Mr. John Olum, his deputy, were suspended. Orange Democratic Movement Secretary General Ababu Namwamba said the party sanctioned the officials over extreme misconduct. Ms. Atieno was jubilant having been elected and was also happy that house business could resume as usual.
“We have decided to bury the hatchet. I am happy about the election and I would discharge my duties diligently,” said the Kobura Ward Representative. Mr. Ong’ow and Mr. Olum were suspended by the Orange Democratic Movement over their alleged involvement in a scuffle that led to the injury and hospitalization of Deputy Speaker Pamela Omino. A disciplinary committee has now been tasked with investigating the matter.
The former leader of majority is accused of being behind the forceful eviction of Ms. Omino, who sought to chair house sessions after the impeachment of Speaker Ann Adul who has moved on to file an appeal against her impeachment.
In a meeting with ward reps last week, the party ordered Ms. Omino to chair all the sessions. Kisumu East Member of Parliament Olago Aluoch had warned that the house was illegally sitting and could be disbanded by a court order. The Kisumu East MP, who is also a lawyer, warned that without a majority leader and the deputy all bills and motions tabled stand to be null and void.