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ODM fines Elizabeth Ongoro, Okoth Obado Sh3m over chaos

The ODM disciplinary committee has cracked the whip on members involved in recent chaos that were witnessed in the run up to party nominations which started Thursday.

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

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

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

The senator has to comply with the committee’s recommendations within seven days failure to which she will be disqualified from contesting.

OKOTH OBADO

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 the violence witnessed in Migori recently.

He should also submit a written apology to party leader Raila Odinga.

He is also expected to comply with the ruling within seven days failure to which he will be disqualified from running on the party’s ticket.

Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang’ was cautioned and asked to contain his supporters against engaging in violence and also reaffirm his commitment to the party.

CAUTIONED

The committee also recommended that Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Funyula MP Paul Otuoma be reprimanded and cautioned to control their supporters prior to, during and after the party nominations.

They are also to reaffirm their commitment to the party’s code of conduct.

However, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, senators James Orengo (Siaya), Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed were let off the hook as there were no recommendations against them.

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