, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 4 – Ten Members of the Nairobi County Assembly have been charged a collective sum of Sh100,000 by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) over last week’s attack on the party’s Executive Director Magerer Lang’at.
The punishment was spelt out by the party’s National Executive Committee, with Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o saying the MCAs led by Majority leader Elias Otieno were reprimanded for portraying the party in bad light.
“After considering their apology we have therefore decided and accepted their commitment to be of good conduct. Nonetheless because the conduct was unbecoming of our leaders, we have decided as the NEC to fine the MCAs Sh100,000 payable to the party,” he said after Tuesday’s meeting.
During the meeting, the NEC members listened to four Nairobi County MCAs led by Otieno, Nairobi Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro and the Party’s Director for Membership and Recruitment Rosemary Kariuki. This follows media reports that they were behind the attack.
The party also established a disciplinary committee to be chaired by lawyer Fred Achok whose immediate task will be to investigate allegations made against Lang’at and to submit a report in 10 days.
The team which also has former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim, former Senator Harold Kipchumba, Mombasa County Woman Representative Mishi Mboko Juma and Halima Daro from Marsabit will also probe circumstances that led to his ejection from a meeting that was attended by Raila Odinga and his co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka among other leaders.
A legal committee will be formed to supplement the work of the disciplinary team. The members of the legal team will be announced later.
The NEC resolved that the party’s National Governing Council (NGC) will meet on November 28 to deliberate on the recommendations that would have been made by the committees.
“Some serious allegation have been made against the ED. These allegation touch on serious disciplinary issues… we therefore expected the disciplinary committee to receive evidence from Mr Magerer himself and the secretariat.”
Lang’at was last week manhandled and forcibly ejected from a parliamentary group meeting by Members of the Nairobi County Assembly after he reportedly remarked that the party leader Odinga should resign from politics.
In an interview with the media soon after the attack last Thursday, Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader Otieno said that the MCAs were angered by Lang’at statement as they demanded his resignation from the party, terming him a Jubilee Coalition mole.
The former Kipkelion MP is among the few allies from the vote-rich Rift Valley region who remained with Odinga after Deputy President William Ruto left the Orange party to form the United Republican Party after a fall out on Odinga’s handling of the 2007 post election violence suspects and eviction of Mau Forest settlers.