The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) announced punishment for leaders accused of perpetrating violence on Friday (31/03/17).
According to the ODM Executive Director, Mr Oduor Ong’wen, six politicians were found responsible for causing havoc in Homa Bay county during a memorial service for the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’ in November last year.
ODM reprimanded and banned Homa Bay County youth leader Kevin Ouma, who had been charged with murder in January, from holding any elective or appointive party position.
The party also fined Homa Bay Town Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Kaluma and an aspirant for the constituency’s seat, Washington Ogaga, Sh100,000 each, following the chaotic disturbances during a meeting on November 27, 2016.
“These activities have contravened the ODM code of conduct, which they have pledged to uphold. They are also a threat to the peaceful conduct of party primaries,” Mr Ong’wen indicated.
The ODM National Elections Board (NEB)also directed that Governor Cyprian Awiti, J. Oyugi Magwanga (MP Kasipul), Gladys Wanga (Women rep), Washington Ogaga and Ouma be severely reprimanded and undertake not to perpetrate, sponsor, support or be associated with any acts of violence or disruption before, during or after the forthcoming elections.
The party further cautioned the culprits that their subsequent involvement in any act of disruption or violence would lead to automatic disqualification from seeking any office in the Party or with the support thereof.
Kaluma was in December 2016, charged with assaulting Mr Ogaga.
The MP was charged in a Homa Bay court and was freed on a Sh60,000 bond with an alternative cash bail of Sh20,000.
The MP and the businessman were summoned by the police following the scuffle.
County Police Commandant John Omusanga and Criminal Investigations Officer Michael Mugo accused the two politicians of breaking the law.