Ex-Govt Boss To Fly ODM Flag in By-election

  • EPRA Director General Pavel Oimeke addressing the media in 2019.
    EPRA Director General Pavel Oimeke addressing the media in 2019.
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  • The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), on Wednesday, March 17, picked former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory and Authority (EPRA) boss Parvel Oimeke to be it's candidate in the forthcoming Bonchari by-elections. 

    Oimeke, who is embroiled in a graft case, recently announced that he would be vying for the Bonchari Parliamentary seat.

    In his earlier announcement, he did not indicate which party ticket he would be vying on, but instead stated that he was still consulting on the same.

    The seat was left vacant following the death of the former Member of Parliament for Bonchari, John Oyoo Oyioka on Monday, February 15, after a long illness.

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    ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses the media at a past event
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    Oimeke recently resigned as EPRA Director-General through a letter he sent to the Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter.

    “I Pavel Robert Oimeke, would like to announce my resignation from the position of director-general at the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory and Authority," he stated.

    Oimeke was accused of demanding a Ksh200,000 bribe in order to reopen a petrol station in Oyugis, Homa Bay county.

    The petrol station in question was allegedly shut down over tax violations. Oimeke denied the allegations as the case continues to drag on in court.

    He was appointed the director-general for EPRA in august 2017, on a three-year renewable contract.

    His appointment was, however, contested over allegations of abuse of office and fraud. These allegations resulted in the Employment and Labour Relations Court through Justice Hellen Wasilwa stopping the renewal of Oimeke’s contract for investigations to be carried out.

    File image of a petrol station
    File image of a petrol station
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