, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – The Senate Special Select Committee set up to probe the impeachment of Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala has now summoned him to appear before it on Monday next week.
In a paid up advert by the Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye, the committee indicated that Kiala should appear and be represented by a lawyer during the sitting at which he’s expected to respond to the allegations against him.
He is also expected to present the names and addresses of the people he intends to call as witnesses and provide any other evidence exonerating him.
“The Senate Committee invites you to appear and be represented before the committee during its investigations. The first meeting of the committee shall be held on Monday, 11th August 2014 at 10am in the County Hall Chamber, 1st floor, County Hall Building, County Road Nairobi,” the statement said.
“If you choose to appear before the committee, the committee requires that you file with the office of the Clerk of the Senate a soft copy and 15 hard copies of your answer to the particulars of the allegations setting out how you propose to appear before the Special Committee, whether in person, by advocate, or in person and by advocate.”
The 11-member committee led by Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe began its work on Wednesday.
“Take further note that the rules of procedure for the investigation into the proposed removal from office of a Deputy Governor as adopted by the Special Committee shall apply to the proceedings of the committee and are available in the office of the Clerk of the Senate,” Nyegenye stated.
“Should you choose not to attend before the Special Committee on the date and time specified in this invitation, the committee and thereafter the Senate shall proceed with this matter in accordance with the Constitution and the law without further reference to you.”
The committee comprising senators Kagwe, Lenny Kivuti, Sammy Leshore, Abu Chiaba, Hassan Omar, Anyang’ Nyong’o, Kennedy Mong’are Okong’o, Martha Wangari, Agnes Zani, Njoroge Ben and Daisy Kanainza is tasked with substantiating the charges brought against Kiala by the Machakos County Assembly.
The assembly has accused Kiala of gross violation of the Constitution and provisions of several Acts of Parliament; citing the County Government Act, Public Officers Ethics Act, National Cohesion and Integrity Act and the Leadership and Integrity Act.
Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki had told the House that the committee’s work is to investigate and verify the reasons leading to proposed removal from office of the Deputy Governor.