Ida Odinga, the wife of Raila Odinga who wants to be Kenya’s next president has been removed from her offices.
The Council removed her to pave way for investigations due to alleged mis-management .
The Times reports that “THE League of Kenya Women Voters (LKWV) yesterday maintained that the decision by the Council to suspend its chairperson Idah Odinga to allow a special audit still stands and rubbished the Friday’s move to dissolve the Council.”
The Council member Waithira Chege and a group of women that “the Chairperson unilaterally sent away the finance and administration manager
thus making it impossible to carry out the audit.”
If Raila’s wife can dictate in her position, and as reported become a hinder to the audit, it is a sad story Ida being a wife of a man who wants to lead the Kenyan people.
Fearing the audit, it has been reported that Idah Odinga dissolved the Council and is now the one being removed and accused of cover-up by the women.
“The chairperson has no authority under our constitution to dissolve the Council unilaterally and her (Ida’s) actions are therefore illegal and
uncalled for. There are serious governance and accountability issues that the Council has been trying to resolve in order to protect the integrity of the organisation and members’ interests which cannot be solved by the action taken by the chairperson,” Chege observed; reports the Times (Kenya)
Speaking to the Times, Chege maintains that the organisation’s constitution must be adhered to saying “According to the provisions of the LKWV, no member can unilaterally rescind a decision of the Council even if she or he is in better positions.”
As the story develops “reliable sources told the Sunday Times that Mrs Odinga had allegedly
swindled Sh10 million donated by the European Union adding that she further dismissed from the organisation all the staff who are not from her tribe.”
If this tribal thing has taken place, what does one expect if she was to become Kenya’s First Lady should the husband Raila get elected President of the Republic. We will expect people sacked from their jobs (on tribal lines) in the State House.
Mismanagement in organisations is not a new thing in many countries. The good thing is the fact that the members have a right to correct the situation as in this case. That is why constitutions steering the organisations must be adhered to at all time by the members.
Those now calling for the discipline against Raila’s wife must be congratulated for daring to stop what they consider to be misuse of funds and power.
By carrying the story, the Times has made it possible for the public to understand what Ida is doing with funds as alleged by the organisation.
The times continues to state: “Sources further intimated to us that the League’s executive director Irene Oloo who happen to be Idah’s niece has at her disposal all the five vehicles that belong to the League and that the Council uses a lot of money to repair them following alleged misuse. They claimed the vehicles are involved in accidents when Oloo uses them on behalf of the chairperson to donate funds to only Bondo and Migori districts against donor regulations and what LKWV stands for It is also alleged that major international meetings are only attended by Mrs Odinga and her niece. Sources further disclosed that the League’s offices are allegedly being used to coordinate Raila Odinga’s Presidential Campaign Fund for Women
candidates, adding that Idah turns down women who do not belong to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Kenya;” reports the Sunday Times (Kenya)
By Korir, African Press in Norway
Source of the story: The Times (Kenya) 12.11