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Advocate asks ODM to suspend Turkana Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai

By Nyaboga Kiage October 20th, 2023 2 min read

An advocate of the High Court now wants Turkana Governor kicked out of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

In a demand letter to the political outfit, Mr Gad Aguko accused Governor Jeremiah Ekamais Lomorukai of changing his allegiance to the United Democratic Movement (ODM).

“On Thursday, October 12, 2023, while attending the official opening of the Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival in Lodwar, the Governor made remarks to the effect of declaring his support to the party leader of UDA whose ideologies, interests, and policies are not consistent with ODM party through which he was elected to the position he holds to date,” the demand letter read in part.

Mr Oguko in his arguments further said that the remarks made by the Governor who is serving his first term were only aimed at subjecting the ODM party and its party leader Mr Raila Odinga to ridicule, embarrassment, and disgust.

According to him, the county boss was wrong when he asked voters in Turkana that they should vote for President Ruto to rule the country for 14 years was uncalled for and also unconstitutional.

During the function, the Governor said that President Ruto should rule for 14 years as he said that he would ensure he delivers the Turkana vote basket to the Head of State.

“To wit, his said actions and utterances amount not only to a total disregard to the constitution of Kenya on Presidential term limits but also a blatant and arrogant violation of the Party constitution,” the demand letter further read.

During the fete, the Governor also alleged that he was receiving threats from the opposition side but he maintained that he would not succumb to pressure and backtrack from the decision he had made to support the Kenya Kwanza government.

“I am elected by the Turkana County people. Those who are making threats that the Turkana Governor is working with the President, who told them that is a crime?” The first-term governor posed.

It is worth noting that the governor has made the decision at a time when the ODM party is keen on punishing rebels.

In September, the ODM party expelled five lawmakers including Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Felix Odiwuor ‘Jalang’o’ (Lang’ata), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), and Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda.

Separately, Lomorukai is battling a fraud case in regard to his academic papers. The claim was made by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision (EACC).

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