Power tussle at the Siaya county government between governor James Orengo and his deputy William Oduor has escalated to the High Court after three people sued the county boss accusing him of sidelining the Deputy Governor.
Peter Odhiambo, Erick Onyango and Elizabeth Akinyi, filed the case under certificate of urgency, stating that as things stand in Siaya County accusing Orengo for allegedly violating the 2010 Constitution and his deputy rights.
In documents filed before the Milimani Law Courts, the trio claim Oduol is unable to contribute or discuss matters concerning the county as he has been excluded from attending cabinet meetings.
They claim Orengo has not only frustrated Odoul’s service delivery activities but has unfairly blocked Oduol from receiving his allowances through the County Secretary’s office.
As a result, Oduol has been compelled to use his resources to perform official duties by having to fuel his official county government vehicle.
According to the court documents, Oduol has no official residence and has not been receiving the house allowance allocated for the holder of the office he holds.
His security detail was also withdrawn together with his chase car, at the instance of Orengo. This he says has left him exposed with no security.
His staff have also been discriminated against as they do not receive their allowances like their counterparts in the governor’s office.
“On account of his conduct, Orengo is unfit to hold office. His deliberate actions of sidelining Oduol while he remains his deputy violates the principle of good governance,” they say. He has been made a stranger and placed in total darkness in regard to the affairs of Siaya County.” The documents add in part.
They want the court to compel the EACC to commence investigations into the activities of Orengo and the officers under them and institute criminal and civil proceedings against them.