April 20, 2019

ODM senator defects to rival party

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro defected to Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) on Friday (14/04/17).

Ongoro was received by ANC officials at the party headquarters at Amani House just a day after being ordered to apologise to ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking during her unveiling, she firmly maintained that she was a strong member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) urging all parties to conduct free and fair nominations.

The Senator is now set to contest for the Ruaraka parliamentary seat which she was barred from vying on an ODM ticket.

On Thursday, the ODM disciplinary committee cracked the whip on members involved in recent chaos in the run-up to party nominations.

Ongoro was fined Sh1 million and told to vie in a constituency other than Ruaraka, where she had been planning to battle it out with incumbent MP TJ Kajwang.

Last week, the former ODM member had stormed Orange House accompanied by rowdy youths complaining that the party had decided to give a direct nomination to Mr Kajwang and thus denying her a chance to vie for the Ruaraka seat on ODM.

The committee also told her to publicly apologise to the party and party executive director Oduor Ong’wen, who was roughed up by the youths during the incident.

The senator was ordered to comply with the committee’s recommendations within seven days, failing which she would be disqualified from contesting.

At the same time, Migori Governor Okoth Obado was ordered to pay a fine of Sh2 million for ordering youths to storm party offices and for the violence witnessed in Migori recently.

“Obado should sign the party’s code of conduct and reaffirm his commitment to the party,” read the statement that also noted he should submit a written apology to Raila.

“He must comply with the committee’s recommendations within seven days failure of which he will be disqualified from running on the party ticket.”

The disciplinary committee of the party led by Raila Odinga issued the punishments on Thursday, following sessions with the two politicians.

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