What was at stake
• Local Government Minister Otuoma says dismissal was according to ODM party rules.
• Civic leaders accused of failing to abide by set laws prompting party to submit their names to IEBC recommending their dismissal.
• Minister argues decision to sack the councillors had been made long before he was appointed minister and felt it was prudent to dismiss them.
• Names of those replacing the leaders will be gazette on Friday.
By Roselyne Obala and Renson Buluma
The sacking of the civic leaders has intensified rivalry between supporters of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Mudavadi, ahead of the latter’s visit to Western Province this weekend.
Dr Otuoma, who took over the ministry recently, exercised his discretion to de-gazette the civic leaders and defended the move, saying it was in accordance to the law.
“The sacking of the five nominated councillors was within the law,” explained the minister.
He said those dismissed were from Coast Province, Malaba, Vihiga, and Ol Kalou civic authorities.
The minister said the electoral body approved the proposal to de-gazette the councillors long before his appointment to the ministry, adding the councillors should only blame themselves for their sacking.
In Vihiga County, Mbale Municipal Council clerk Julius Otiende received a circular from the ministry de-gazetting councillor Manase Omenya.
Otuoma, however, claimed the decision was not malicious or targeting Mudavadi’s supporters.