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‘Working relationship with Governor Orengo is getting worse,’ Siaya Oduol CEO tells Senate

‘Working relationship with Governor Orengo is getting worse,’ Siaya Oduol CEO tells Senate

A side by side image of Siaya Deputy Governor William Oduol and Siaya Governor James Orengo. COURTESY PHOTO

Siaya Deputy Governor William Oduol has said his working relationship with Governor James Orengo has worsened since he was threatened with removal from office.

Making submissions to the Standing Committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations on Thursday, Oduol noted that the county government has incessantly frustrated him by denying him fees and facilitation grants.

Oduol claims that Governor Orengo has used thugs to close her office, leaving her incapacitated and unable to perform her duties.

He regrets that attempts to report the incidents have proven futile and that is why he chose to take the matter to the committee.

“I would make sure the Governor has visibility into all of these letters and the County Assembly, including the oversight committee. I have a grant application for myself and my staff here, but they have never been paid,” he said.

The committee has deliberated to also hear Orengo’s defense as it seeks to mediate the duo’s fallout.

Oduol survived impeachment in June last year after facing accusations of gross violation of the Constitution and abuse of power following a bitter split with Governor Orengo.

Oduol has even said he is willing to work with the Kenya Kwanza government after members of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM), his party, disowned him alleging that he disrespected their boss.

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