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Two ODM governors abandon Raila at the hour of need

Tirimba Obonyo
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[Raila Odinga (center) with Governor James Ongwae (left) in a past event. Kisii and Nyamira Counties re yet to pass People’s Assembly motion. Photo/Nation]

Despite NASA majority in both Nyamira and Kisii Counties, assembly leadership is yet to pass critical People's Assembles Bill that will partly justify Raila Odinga's swearing-in.

On Wednesday, Mombasa and Machakos Counties passed the bills making the number to stand at 12 of the 19 NASA controlled counties.

"We are ready to pass the bill the soon we get the content from Nairobi," said Kisii Youth League leader Erick Janganya, a month ago.

But thorough investigations shows that the two counties are reluctant to pass the bills on fear that the national government could sabotage development by freezing funding.

Also, election petitions involving Governor John Nyagarama (Nyamira) and James Ongwae (Kisii) are said to be dragging the process.

"The governor has a case in court and we cannot rush to passing such motions," said an official from Nyamira who spoke in confidence.

However, Ongwae's petition that had been filed by Chris Obure was thrown out of Kisii High Court on Wednesday for lack of evidence.

On his part, Nyagarama is facing a serious threat to his position following an order for recount by the court. Nyamira Assembly is set to go for recess on Thursday.

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