*Concerned Comrade John Gwambo*
Just who is Obado? Where did he come from before landing in the limelight? Born in 1962 in North Kanyamkago Uriri Constituency in Migori County, Governor Zachary Okoth Obado attended Rapogi Primary School, Saint Joseph’s Rapogi High School for his O-levels before proceeding to Saint Paul Amukura for his A-levels that earned him admission at Kenyatta University. He later graduated with Bachelor of Education in Science in 1988 and began his teaching career in 1991 at Tarang’anya High School before resigning from the profession in 2007 at Chunge High School as the Principal.
In the same year he tried his hand in politics as Member of Parliament for Uriri but lost in ODM party primaries. He would later join Sugarcane Farmers Union in South Nyanza, activities that saw him appointed Kenya Sugar board Chairman in 2010 before making a comeback in the murky waters of politics in 2013 when he was elected the First Governor of Migori County on a small little-known PDP party trouncing ODM’S candidate Prof. Edward Oyugi having fallen out with the latter party at the primaries again just like in 2007.
Come 2017, Obado hit the headlines when he floored the current Migori senator Ochilo Mbogo Ayacko in a hotly contested race initially during ODM primaries and later in the general election. His win was upheld by the court of appeal. A year later in September 2018, Governor Obado found himself in the dock, becoming the first county chief to be charged with a capital offense following the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno with her unborn child, a matter that is still active in court.
The self-made politician who has defied ODM’s wave in South Nyanza twice by going against the Party’s powers that be is again facing another legal hurdle and it seems his party ODM has found a perfect ground to settle its scores with him. Immediately after his second charging in court over the 73 million scandal, the party quickly summoned its Members of County Assembly from Migori county to the party headquarters giving them orders to impeach the besieged governor, a move that most pundits have described as a political miscalculation by ODM party.
In April 2017, ODM’s disciplinary committee slapped governor Obado with a fine of 2 million following chaos that rocked a party event that was being presided over by the Deputy party leader and Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho after his supporters clashed with those of Ochilo Ayacko. His bad blood with Ochilo Ayacko surfaced when he declined to support his senatorial bid in the 2018 by-election. This was despite Ochilo clinching ODM’S direct nomination as he faced Federal party’s Eddie Oketch following the demise of the then Migori Senator Ben Oluoch Okello.
Described as a formidable mobilizer, a man who has his ways with the people on the ground, Obado is seen as a man who cuts a personality of a humble man in public. But behind his humility veil, he is a go-getter, an individual whose tenacity of getting what he wants is simply unstoppable.
Governor Obado who holds a masters degree in strategic management now has an uphill task in dealing with his party ODM that has sanctioned his removal from office, a battle that has been hatched in Nairobi to be executed in Migori before ending up in Nairobi again at the Senate all factors remaining constant.
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