By Maureen Kakah
The controversy surrounding Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s validity as a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party was yesterday shoved aside after the Political Disputes Tribunal dismissed the case challenging the issue.
A five-member tribunal ruled that the complainant in the case, George Odede, had not exhausted internal party mechanisms in an attempt to solve the dispute.
Consequently, the tribunal upheld arguments by ODM defending Mr Obado.
ODM had also told the tribunal that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter as required by law, an argument which the tribunal agreed with in their verdict.
“The preliminary objection is hereby sustained, the complainant ought to have invoked internal mechanism before approaching this tribunal, the case was therefore premature and is therefore dismissed,” they ruled.
Mr Odede, an ODM member, had moved to the tribunal in March to protest that the Governor did not formally give his former party a notice of defection before ODM.
Through lawyer Chrispin Odhiambo, he had faulted Mr Obado of violating the Political Parties Act for failing to formally give a notice of defection from the party in which he was elected on, the People’s Democratic Party, as Governor.
He had also argued that ODM might continue to have him participate in their party activities including the party nominations now set for Monday in preparations for the August 8 elections contrary to the Political parties Act, Elections Act and the Constitution.
But through lawyer Samuel Makori, ODM trashed the allegations levelled against Mr Obado as merely speculative saying that he had not violated any law by defecting in addition to the argument on jurisdiction.
ODM had also insisted that it will take into consideration vetting him if he aspires to contest as its candidate and that he had satisfactorily met all conditions set out as well as relevant national legislation before joining them.
Following the verdict, Mr Obado was granted reprieve and may continue to act as an ODM member even as he is set to battle to retain his seat on the party’s ticket with former Cabinet minister Ochillo Ayacko, Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga’s wife Anne and Mr Paul Odola.
Mr Odede had wanted the tribunal to declare him not a member of ODM, that his continued association with it is illegal and that his seat be declared vacant if he indeed resigned from PDP.
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By Timothy Olobulu
Nairobi — John Mwangi struck a second half brace as Kenyan Premier League under-20 defending champions Mathare United came from behind to beat Gor Mahia Youth 3-1 and qualify for the final of the December edition.
It was a hugely competitive and physical game of two halves with Gor dictating play in the opening half while Mathare came off the half time pep talk a totally different outfit.
“We made an immediate substitution at the start of the second half and changed the formation which worked immediately. We had gone down early and we had no choice but to go on the attack. It is god we are in the final because we want to retain this title,” Mathare head coach Yussuf Chippo who took over from Gabriel Kingi midway through the tournament told Capital Sport after the match.
His opposite number Morris Onyango was distraught at the result, saying his side took their feet off the pedal in the second half.
“We became complacent and we allowed Mathare to play. Since the April edition, we have been struggling in defense and again, it came to haunt us. But we can’t be sad because this is a youth tournament and the most important thing for the young boys is to learn,” Onyango said.
Gor had hoped for revenge after Mathare beat them 1-0 in the final in August and had a fantastic start with Hillary Ojwang causing danger as early as the first minute.
The forward who has scored four goals in the tournament broke through on the right from a Reagan Odede pass but the Mathare shot stopper Job Ochieng made a superb stop with his feet.
Mathare had the first chance in the 10th minute with Mwangi showing his prowess early with a shot from the edge of the box saved by the keeper after being put through by Abdallah Ahmed.
Mwangi had another chance in the 25th minute with a dipping header from a Jackson Dwang cross but the effort went over.
Immediately on the restart, Gor went ahead through Ojwang who scored his fifth goal of the tournament with a first time shot after being put through by his skipper Alpha Onyango.
Gor were duly rewarded for their industry as they kept surging forward despite Mathare being more technically astute and distributing the ball well.
Teddy Osok who previously played for Chippo’s former side Nairobi Stima and skipper Onyango were running the midfield show but they could not get the final ball to unlock an otherwise water tight Mathare defense.
At the start of the second half Chippo pulled out midfielder Dwang for winger Ezekiel Mogendi, a change that saw ex-Laiser Hill High School player David ‘Messi’ Owino move to central midfield from the wing.
The change paid immediate dividends with Mathare equalizing just four minutes into the second half, Mwangi scoring the first with a delightful half volley after Ahmed set him up at the edge of the box from a Mogendi cross.
The goal lifted Mathare and they increased their attacks and on the hour mark, Ahmed came close to doubling the advantage but his diving header from a Mwangi cross went over.
Noticing Mathare was running rings around them, Gor head coach Onyango pulled out Odede for senior team player Amos Nondi.
But still Mathare were on the ascendancy and they kept attacking. From a swift counter attack, Peter Wanyonyi came close, but his shot from the right went inches wide from a tight angle.
Mathare made it 2-1 in the 78th minute courtesy of a defensive mix up in the Gor backline. Ahmed stretched in to toe poke the ball through to Mwangi to slot into an empty net after the keeper Ibrahim Amahanda collided with his defender Stephen Otieno as he tried to shield the ball.
Four minutes to the final whistle Mathare ploughed the final nail on Gor’s coffin with Mwangi slotting home after a sweet interchange of passes with Ahmed.
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By Agewa Magut
The second set of interviews for IEBC chairperson kicked off on Tuesday morning.
The candidates to be interviewed will come from the applicants who posted their interest in the job following the re-advertisement for the position.
First interviewee to face the panel is Roseline Odhiambo Odede. She will be followed by Kiprop David Malakwen, Margaret Wambui Ngugi Shava, David Mukii Mereka and John Kangu Mutakha.
Mrs Odede has over 26 years of experience practising law. She has worked in her own law firm, at UNHCR and even lectured at Moi University. She was a member of the Magistrates and Judges Vetting Board. She is a member of several professional societies including LSK, FIDA, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, and the East African Law Society.
Mrs Odede said that she has also trained in project management and good governance. She has also held leadership roles in the societies that she is in, hence her confidence that she is best suited for the position.
Mrs Odede argues that biometrics will be the key to solving issues with the voter register. She said that as chair, the IEBC would improve voter education by including materials in braille and audio versions for those with visual and hearing disabilities.
Mrs Odede still has not been cleared by the EACC. According to the IEBC selection panel, the EACC is still carrying out investigations on Mrs Odede and cannot reveal any more information. Mrs Odede herself has said that she has not received any correspondence from the commission informing her on what the allegations against her are.
She has however been recommended for her philanthropic work.
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