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Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor. He has been arrested by EACC officers over suspeted involvement in economic crime. [File, Standard]

Nyakach Member of Parliament Aduma Owuor has been arrested by the officers of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over suspected involvement in economic crime.

A statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the EACC Twalib Mbarak has revealed that the legislator has been arrested over claims of involvement of what the commission describes as organised economic crime.
It partially read: “Today, 11th, July 2019, EACC arrested Hon. Aduma Joshua Owuor, the Member of Parliament of Nyakach Constituency in Kisumu.”
“Hon. Aduma will be arraigned tomorrow, 12th July 2019, to answer charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, and abuse of office during his tenure as the Director, Legal Affairs at the Nairobi City County.”
The statement released on Thursday, however, fails to give more details on how the MP may have aided the corruption dealings.
The Commission has said that his arrest precedes an investigation into the circumstances in which Nairobi City County irregularly paid Sh68 million to M/S Wachira, Mburu, Mwangi and Company Advocates. The amount was said to have been paid as County’s legal fees in a case against Kyavee Holdings Limited.
The EACC has also stated that the arrest of the MP was approved by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who received the file upon completion of the investigation on April 4, 2019.
The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji said in a statement that his office has obtained enough evidence to nail suspects involved in multimillion shilling payout.
In the statement, the DPP has listed former Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, former Nairobi County Chief of Staff George Wainaina Njogu and former County’s Principal Accountant Philomena Kavinya Nzuki as other suspects. The list contains 16 suspects and a company called The Cups Limited.

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Kenya: Oparanya – Nasa Coalition Never Helped Orange Party

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As political realignments continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya — who is also the ODM deputy party leader and chairman of the Council of Governors — is emerging as a key player in Raila Odinga’s camp. Our reporter talked to him on the political game plan and state of devolution

Is ODM warming up to signing a coalition pact with Jubilee?

The essence of any party is to get power, and you cannot be in existence just for the sake of it. The fact that we want to get power as ODM, we must look at options that will make us get that power.

Therefore, we are willing to go into a coalition with any party that we feel can help us get power. I think Jubilee is more attractive in view of its membership and size.

ODM is still a member of the National Super Alliance (Nasa). Do you intend to withdraw from that pre-election pact and chart a new political path?

As the ODM deputy party leader, get it from me, Nasa is no more. It was an amorphous, hopeless coalition that never helped us at all. In any case, it reduced our numerical strength as a party due to numerous sibling rivalries witnessed during the General Election as we fought amongst ourselves.

It wasn’t a good move to have ODM, Wiper, ANC, Ford Kenya, and even CCM, members field candidates in various positions. This made us lose many seats.

Jubilee reaped big from some of our zones since they fielded single candidates while we had several contesting for one position. For instance, in places where we garnered 60 per cent of the votes as a bloc, Jubilee got 40 per cent and won because we divided the 60 per cent amongst ourselves. This is why we have to rethink such a deal.

What is your game plan going into 2022?

Personally, I have stated that at the end of my two terms as governor, I will be vying for President while banking on my development record.

For ODM, we had agreed to hold our grassroots elections in March to strengthen the party and go all the way to conduct our polls at the national level, but this was before the Covid-19 pandemic. We are optimistic that once it is behind us, we shall continue with our plans.

Second, we are also crafting a winning strategy and have already mapped out regions we did not perform well in the last elections, like Mt Kenya and the Rift Valley.

Going forward, we will be seeking coalitions with major parties from the regions to endear ourselves there. In Mt Kenya, for instance, Jubilee is the most attractive in terms of numbers.

ODM nominations have in the past been characterised by chaos that political observers have linked to voter apathy in some of your bastions, how do you plan to tackle this in future?

Our main undoing as a party has been nominations. We have found that we spend too much energy on nominations to an extent that by the time we are facing the main election, most of our candidates are exhausted and depleted financially.

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Therefore, they face fresh candidates a majority of whom have been selected by their respective parties without any rigorous process.

The nomination management has also been an issue due to inadequate resources to carry out primaries. We put up a committee that came up with resolutions that we can even select or have a small electoral college within ODM and make a decision on a candidate depending on the circumstances. We must approach the next elections differently if we are to succeed.

Your party leader Raila Odinga says the country will hold a referendum before the 2022 elections. Is this tenable?

The problem is Covid-19. It is a real challenge and we don’t know when it will subside. But if it can be out of our sight by end of September, then we can have the vote within the three months – October, November and December will be ideal.

As CoG chair, how do you rate the performance of counties seven years into devolution?