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Daily Nation : January 29th 2014
2 | National News DAILY NATION Wednesday January 29, 2014 DEVOLUTION | Members of County Assembly accuse leader of failing to sack key official implicated in corruption Embu governor impeached over graft ‘‘ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 forwarded to the Senate. Under the County Government Act, the County Assembly is required to communicate the results of yesterday’s motion to the Speaker of the Senate, Mr Ekwee Ethuro. The Senate is then required to form a committee to discuss the issue and table its report for debate. If the report is supported by at least 24 elected senators, then the governor and his deputy will be sent packing. Before debate on the mo- tions began yesterday, County Speaker Kariuki Mate ruled that the order issued by Lady Justice Cecilia Githua of the High Court in Kerugoya stopping the assembly from debating the matter was irregular because it did not have an official High Court seal. He said it was wrong for the court to gag the assembly while it had already commenced the motion. “It is necessary for the court not to appear as if exercising managerial oversights over the county assembly,” Mr Kariuki said. “It is necessary to ensure that orders of the court are not exposed to doubts and to questions of competence. The orders served to the Speaker were without the seal of the High Court.” The Speaker ruled that the or- ders were “incompetent” because they did not have the seal of the High Court. Mr Kariuki’s ruling set the stage for the assembly to start debating the impeachment motions. Contributing to the first motion, Mr Swaleh accused Mr Wambora of abetting corruption by ignoring their recommendations that he sacks county secretary Margaret This is an attempt to bribe us. The tour would have cost the county at least Sh13 million. Ibrahim Swaleh, Deputy Assembly Speaker WHAT LAW SAYS How governor can lose seat CHARLES WANYORO | NATION Embu County assembly clerk Jim Kauma (centre) reads the outcome of yesterday’s voting after a debate to impeach Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora. The assembly also voted to impeach his deputy, Ms Dorothy Nditi. Lorna Kariuki for failing to follow procurement laws. He said the move to authorise the facelift of the Embu Stadium whose cost rose from Sh8 million to Sh42 million, and the purchase of Sh35 million worth of maize seed without tendering directly implicated the governor since he was Ms Kariuki’s appointing authority. “The buck stops with the gov- ernor since he urged her not to step aside. He knew the tendering 35m Value, in shillings, of seed maize that Embu county allegedly bought without tendering. Notice of the 2nd REPUBLIC OF KENYA process was not followed,” said Mr Swaleh. “We are the first county to move a motion of this kind and we are not malicious. We shelved it last week because we wanted those opposed to it to come and raise issues in the House.” Mr Swaleh accused Mr Wambora of trying to frustrate them by inviting members on a tour of Rwanda ostensibly to study devolution. “This is an attempt to bribe us. The tour would have cost the county at least Sh13 million. When the county is on fire, it is the time he is thinking of going out to enjoy ourselves instead of giving us bursaries for the needy,” he said. According to a letter read to the assembly, every ward representative who was to travel to Rwanda would have been paid a daily allowance of Sh26,000. During the debate, Gaturi South Ward representative John Mwangi was ejected for interrupting voting. On his way out, he snatched one of the ballots and was suspended from attending the remainder of the session. Mr Mate said he would send a communication to the Senate to commence impeachment hearing. Mr Wambora’s fate now lies with the Senate, whose Speaker, according to Article 181 of the Constitution, is supposed to convene a meeting of the Senate to hear the charges against the governor. If a vote in the Senate fails to result in the removal of the governor, the Speaker of the Senate shall notify the Embu County As- If a majority of all the members of the Senate vote to uphold any impeachment charge, the governor shall cease to hold office. If a vote in the Senate fails to result in the removal of the governor, the Speaker of the Senate shall notify the Speaker of the concerned county assembly accordingly and the motion by the assembly for the removal of the governor on the same charges may only be re-introduced to the Senate on the expiry of three months from the date of such vote. sembly speaker. If the assembly is not satisfied with the Senate’s decision, it can re-introduce the debate after three months. After passing yesterday’s mo- tions, the Embu county assembly proceeded on recess until February 11. Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council The Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) is established by section 187 of the Public Finance Management Act (2012) as a forum for consultation and cooperation between the National Government and County Governments on matters relating to budgeting, the economy and financial management at both levels of government. IBEC is one of five inter-governmental relations institutions established by various laws designed to ensure full implementation of devolution. IBEC which is chaired by His Excellency the Deputy President brings together the Chair Council of Governors, Cabinet Secretaries for Treasury and Devolution, representatives of Judicial Service Commission, Parliamentary Service Commission, Controller of Budget and Commission on Revenue Allocation together with County Executives in charge of Finance from all the 47 Counties. The first Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council meeting took place on August 12th 2nd Date: Venue: Chief Guest: 31st Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council January 2014 , 2013. Various ministries, agencies and departments of national government have implemented most of the resolutions reached at the meeting. Event: Kenya School of Government H.E William Ruto Chairman, Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council For further information on IBEC, please contact: Patita Tingoi Email: email@example.com Anti-terror crusader killed in cold blood BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A senior intelligence officer was yesterday shot dead by gunmen who fled on a motorbike. Mr Ahmed Bakswein, a 61- year-old former police reservist, was shot in his car in Malindi shortly after leaving his home in the morning. Mr Bakswein worked closely with the AntiTerrorist Police Unit. Area police boss Kiprono Langat said Mr Bakswein (right) was shot three times and died on the spot. “This morning, Mr Bakswein was driving towards the roundabout on Malindi-Garsen Road when two men on a motorcycle shot him in the head with a pistol,” said Mr Langat. The police boss said inves- tigations were ongoing and he did not want to speculate why he was shot, but family members said it did not come as a surprise as he had received death threats because of his work. A family spokesman revealed to the Nation that Mr Bakswein also doubled up as a Federal Bureau of Investigations agent in Kenya, fighting terrorism. Mr Bakswein left his home for the town centre and made a stop at Kasamjee Stores, where he was a regular customer. “I saw him park his car out- side the shop. He signalled me and asked me to call my colleague. As I left, I heard a loud bang and on turning I heard a second bang then I knew it was not a tyre burst but gunshots. I took off. On returning, I found Mr Bakswein seated upright, but dead,” said Mr Harrison Karisa, a shop attendant.
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