Quorum hitch frustrates Kidero censure motion

October 11, 2016 6:05 pm
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Speaker Alex ole Magelo had earlier stated that the process would go on despite a court order stopping it, but was forced to adjourn the assembly after CORD MCAs failed to show up for the session/FILE
Speaker Alex ole Magelo had earlier stated that the process would go on despite a court order stopping it, but was forced to adjourn the assembly after CORD MCAs failed to show up for the session/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Debate on the motion to impeach Nairobi Governor Evens Kidero failed to kick off Tuesday afternoon due to lack of quorum.

Speaker Alex ole Magelo had earlier stated that the process would go on despite a court order stopping it, but was forced to adjourn the assembly after CORD MCAs failed to show up for the session.

“Honourable members, since we have no quorum to carry out the business of the day, the House is adjourned until tomorrow. The business that was on the Order Paper, will be on tomorrow at 2.30pm,” he announced.

Leader of Minority Ngaruiya Chege together with MCAs supporting the motion later held a press conference where they vowed to proceed with the process, while condemning their CORD counterparts who stayed away.

“When we lack this particular quorum, then it means they believe that this motion will die a natural death. We still have tomorrow and we also have Thursday. This particular government is going to be answerable to the people who elected them,” Chege stated.

“Nobody can stop an idea whose time has come. The issues we have raised, the evidence we have show that we have a water tight case against the Governor and he should be answerable,” Viwandani MCA Samuel Nyang’wara who is the mover of the motion stated.

The impeachment motion was tabled during a chaotic session last week, although four of the MCAs listed on it later claimed that their signatures were forged and that they were not consulted on the matter.

At the same time, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has threatened to institute contempt proceedings against the County Assembly should its members insist on debating the censure motion against him.

Through his lawyer George Kithi, Kidero stated that he has not yet formally received the complaints levelled against him and as such, he cannot be able to defend himself appropriately.

Speaking to reporters outside City Hall, Kithi indicated that the Assembly has a duty to obey the court order and doing anything contrary would be illegal.

“The proceedings of today could not take place on account of the order of the court. Tomorrow, the same will be repeated on account of the fact that the order of the court will continue to subsist and also the following day, that is the three days upon which the motion has a life,” he stated.

“Any attempt therefore to discuss anything outside the frame work of the court order is illegal.”

He pointed out that the accusations against the Governor lacked merit while stating that he will be closely monitoring the proceedings and will file a contempt of court suit should the Assembly persist with debating the motion.

“The honourable Members of the Assembly who are purported to have signed the roll against which it mandated the motion to be moved have denied that in affidavits that either the signatures were procured inappropriately or the signatures were forged. It is an issue that is before the court, it is an issue that we take objection on, in fact, the authenticity of this motion can be determined by that,” he said.

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