By Derrick Kiplagat
Kisumu county majority leader Samuel Ong’ow has been suspended by the Orange Democratic Movement for alleged gross misconduct. Mr Ong’ow and his deputy John Olum were suspended following recent violence incidents witnessed in the Assembly.
ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba gave the two marching orders with immediate effect in an official letter. “The party has referred their matter to the disciplinary committee for appropriate swift action,” said Namwamba.
The party had earlier issued warnings to all sponsored leaders in counties all over the country that misconduct and impunity will not be entertained. Mr Namwamba said that the situation puts Kenyans’ dream of seamless devolution at great risk.
On Tuesday evening drama ensued at the assembly with acting speaker Pamela Omino collapsing and being rushed to the hospital after a fight with members. Trouble started in the assembly at 2 pm after Ms Omino blocked the acting speaker Gabriel Ochieng from entering the debating chambers.
Ms Omino argued that she was the legal speaker owing to her position as deputy contrary to the members’ opinion. The members claimed that the position belonged to Mr Ochieng, who was elected at an acting capacity.
The deputy speaker however remained adamant leading to a confrontation between her and the members, who accused her of house sabotaging. An hour later, members forced the mace into the chambers and as Ms. Omino followed them she was blocked by the sergeant at arms and this lead to a scuffle that lasted for almost ten minutes. She collapsed in the confrontation and was rushed to the hospital by her aides.
The police were later called to beef up security as rowdy youth stormed the assembly moments later. Ms Omino however maintained that she will not accept the resolution of a meeting convened by Mr Ong’ow in the Assembly on Monday evening.