, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – The Senate Committee formed to probe the removal of Embu Governor Martin Wambora and his deputy Dorothy Nditi from office has summoned them on Monday next week.
In a statement in the local dailies, the Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye directed them to file their responses to the allegations against them within three days of receiving the summons.
“The Special 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, 10th February 2014 at 10am in the Senate Chamber, 1st floor, County Hall building, Parliament Road Nairobi,” the notice reads.
“If you choose to appear before the committee, it requires that within three days of this invitation, you file with the office of the clerk of the Senate your answers to the particulars of the allegations against you which are annexed hereto,” the statement goes on to state.
He indicated that should they choose not to appear before the committee, the probe will go ahead in line with the Constitution.
“Take note that 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,” he said.
The Speaker of the County Assembly of Embu has also been summoned by the committee.
The 11-member committee was formed during a special session despite an order issued by the High Court in Embu on Monday.
House Speaker Ekwe Ethuro said the committee will be required to table a report within 10 days to determine Wambora’s fate.
The motion unanimously approved by the House was tabled by Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki who is also the Tharaka Nithi Senator in accordance with the County Government Act.
During the session, Senators passionately appealed to the committee to execute its mandate beyond reproach. Those who spoke argued that if a shoddy job was done, the Senate’s credibility will be put to question while trust in devolution will wane.
While moving the motion, Kindiki argued that a probe of this magnitude besides being one of its kind under the new Constitution, needed to be professionally carried out.
The move by the Senate to debate the impeachment process despite a court order obtained to stop it has been condemned by a number of organisations, the latest being the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution whose chairman stated that should the court rule against the impeachment and the Senate votes to remove Wambora, then their decision will be annulled.
He said that though it was not in the commission’s place to decide whether to impeach or not, the manner in which the matter was being handled was unlawful.