By Miller Omega.
Politics temperature in South Nyanza region have been thrown into a spin after the Migori county branch of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party threw out Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno.
The branch unanimously agreed to throw out the rebel legislator after the Rongo sub-branch secretary George Obuya wrote a letter which started the process of kicking Dalmas out.
Obuya wrote the letter after sub-branch officials also reached at the decision to remove the legislator after he said he was ready to quit the party and form his own vehicle to vie for the country’s presidencty in next general elections.
“We received the letter on Monday and had an impromptu meeting at the county level to endorse the Rongo’s stance,” Joseph Olala, county secretary to Migori News.
Olala said that the branch wrote a letter to Orange House for further disciplinary action to be taken against Dalmas.
“Already we have written to the Orange House and forwarded our official request to have him thrown out and all action will remain with them,” Olala said.
This means that Dalmas has been stripped of his executive membership at county level and is no longer a delegate of the party.
The move has created mix reaction and heated debate over the future of Dalmas in national and South Nyanza politics.
Nyanza ODM party coordinator Ochieng Ruku, political activist Joseph Onyango Ngare and Rongo Organizing Secretary Osinda Mito defended the legislator who they said wasn’t behind the party’s wrangles.
Ruku said ODM was a national party that represented all people and that it had a democratic space where people with divergent opinions can be accommodated.
Earlier Dalmas had said he was ready to quit the orange party by legalizing his ‘Kalausi” party.
He said he was ready to vie for the presidency and stands an equal chance with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to clinch the country top seat.