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Homa Bay MCAs oust Speaker, Majority Leader

Tuesday March 10 2020

Homa Bay County Assembly

The Homa Bay County Assembly during a past session. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

GEORGE ODIWUOR
By GEORGE ODIWUOR
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Members of the Homa Bay County Assembly on Tuesday ousted acting Speaker Evance Marieba and replaced him with Kabondo West MCA Geoffrey Anyango.

The Ward Reps also removed Majority Leader Walter Muok and replaced him with Kanyaluo MCA Jeff Ongoro.

In a session that lasted about 10 minutes, 53 MCAs voted to eject Mr Marieba from office at a meeting presided over by nominated MCA and member of the speaker’s panel Edwin Kakach.

The motion to oust Mr Marieba was tabled by Kendu Bay Township MCA Maurice Ogwang'. Mr Ogwang' did not give reasons for the ouster.

In a debate that was boycotted by some members, Mr Ogwang’ told the assembly that MCAs have the right to remove the speaker from office.

“This House resolves to recant its decision of recognising Marieba as the acting speaker and elects a new member as acting speaker. It does not matter who did what, when and how but the decision to remove Marieba has been taken,” Mr Ogwang' said.

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Mr Marieba was elected acting speaker in 2018 after the impeachment of Ms Elizabeth Ayoo.

Kibiri MCA Micheal Odira claimed the acting speaker had forgotten his colleagues and was engaged in other duties other than the assembly affairs.

“We need a change in the assembly leadership. We no longer recognise the person we trusted because he does not recognise us,” he said.

In the 10 minutes’ debate, other MCAs claimed Mr Marieba, who is also the Gwassi North MCA, had sidelined other members in House activities.

Kabondo East MCA James Okeyo argued that the assembly would collapse if Mr Marieba was allowed to continue leading the House as the acting speaker.

Nominated MCA Sophie Salim said the ouster was meant to teach Mr Marieba a lesson on good leadership skills.

After assuming office, Mr Anyango chaired the plenary and said he was ready to work with all members and follow all standing orders.

Mr Marieba and Mr Muok accepted their ouster and said they would not contest the decision by the MCAs.