High Court orders Migori speaker election, Boaz says someone out to sabotage County

HEADS ROLLING: Migori county assembly

By MN Reporter

Migori high Court has ordered for the election on the Migori County Assembly position.

This is after a resident went to the court seeking to bar former speaker and North Kadem Member of County Assembly Boaz Okoth from vying.

The same court had ordered for the election after a petition that nullified the election of Okoth as the speaker and North Kanyamkago MCA and deputy speaker George Omamba.

In a petition filed by Charles Alao former Migori County Assembly Hansard editor, he claimed Okoth had not resigned as North Kadem Member of County Assembly which is a constitutional requirement before vying as speaker.

Lawyer Kerario Marwa

During the ruling, Justice Hillary Chemitei told the court that Boaz had resigned as North Kadem MCA as per letter that were availed to the court and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The court heard that Marwa Kerario, competitor of Okoth in Migori county Assembly race had filed the same case questioning Okoth legibility last year.

Justice Chemitei ordered the election of the speaker to be held within seven days starting today and all the procedures must be followed to the latter.

On 19/1/2018 before the petition at hand, the same court ordered election of the speaker within 14 days after determining case where petitioner wanted election of Okoth suspended following his controversial election last year.

Migori speaker Boaz Okoth (L) and Masaba MCA Abedi Maroa at Karamu area in Kuria West on Tuesday after clashes between Luo-Kuria before going for recess

But speaking outside the court after the ruling, Okoth said he was sure of the ruling being in his favour because he had followed all constitutional procedures in his earlier attempt.

He maintained that lawyer Kerario Marwa is a Jubilee point-man who should not be elected as the speaker as the region is a NASA stronghold.

The election of the Migori County Assembly speaker was disrupted after rowdy youths stormed the plenary when Kerario Marwa was leading on 31st, August, 2017