, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – The Commission of Inquiry into the dissolution of Makueni County is set to commence its sittings on Thursday and submit its report to the President by June.
Commission Chairman Mohammed Nyaoga said they will hold sessions in Makueni County where they plan to meet Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Members of the County Assembly who have been wrangling over use of county funds.
Speaking on Capital in the Morning show, Nyaoga said that although the County Government Act provides for six months within which the probe should be concluded he hopes to complete it in two months.
“We will be going to the county because it is the amphitheatre of the activity; we will go to various constituencies within the county. We will be coming up with an elaborate programme of where and when we will be in Makueni and after that we shall come up with the report after interviewing the witnesses, stakeholders and the residents,” he said.
He said the commission expects to make recommendations which will set the ground for how future disputes in county governments can be resolved.
“We don’t have an institutional structure that deals with disputes such as this, so if we make a recommendation and they are adopted definitely we will have some kind of structure, through which similar disputes can be handled in the future.”
Nyaoga added: “This may be in form of a legal framework or an administrative framework such as a tribunal or somebody that will deal with these disputes with finality in the future.”
The wrangles in the county have been pitting Kibwana against the MCAs, who impeached him last year. He however successfully obtained a court injunction that blocked the Senate from acting on the impeachment.
Should the six-member commission uphold the allegations against the troubled Makueni County Government, and the same position agreed upon by the President and Senate, then the County Government will become the first to be suspended and placed under an Interim County Management Board.
President Kenyatta also appointed National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi, Emily Gatuguta, Prof Harrison Maithya, Alice Wairimu Nderitu and lawyer Taib Ali Taib to sit in the commission.
In November last year, over 3,000 members of the public from Makueni pitched tent at Harambee House in a bid to present President Kenyatta with a petition to dissolve the county government which they accused of embezzling funds and not initiating any development.
They also complained that the constant wrangles pitting Governor Kibwana against the MCAs was stalling activities in the county as several laws were yet to be considered by the assembly.
The residents told Capital FM News they want to be allowed to elect a new county government that will serve the interests of the people.