NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – The Senate has approved the formation of a committee to probe allegations facing Embu Governor Martin Wambora, further deepening woes facing him.
The 11-member committee was formed during a special session convened on Tuesday afternoon, 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.
“And whereas, pursuant to section 33(3)(b) of the County Governments Act, 2012 and standing order 65(1)(b) the Senate, by resolution, may appoint a special committee comprising 11 of its members to investigate the matter,” he had explained.
“Now therefore, pursuant to section 33(3)(b) of the County Governments Act, 2012 and standing order 65(1)(b), the Senate resolves to establish a Special Committee.”
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.
“An issue like this should be handled through a Special Committee, and I urge the members to make sure Senate doesn’t become the laughing stock of the people of Kenya,” he appealed.
“Its membership is extremely rich (in knowledge). Let the accountability of this House come out stronger.”
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula who light-heartedly said he was serving his second term – after a recent by election- urged the members to execute their role without considering whatever political parties the subjects come from.
He said the committee was going to set a precedent in dealing with such cases in future.
Wetangula threw fellow Senators into laughter as thanked those who supported him during his ‘trial.’
“I thank all those who supported me… those who decided to embrace the hyena philosophy and thought the hand will fall, it did not,” he said amidst amusement.