Obura wants MPs to fault Lenku over ‘incompetence’

June 25, 2014 9:26 am
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The Motion which is sponsored by CORD and which was approved by Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi on Tuesday, is seeking to fault Lenku on grounds of incompetence and alleged inability to carry out his duties/FILE
The Motion which is sponsored by CORD and which was approved by Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi on Tuesday, is seeking to fault Lenku on grounds of incompetence and alleged inability to carry out his duties/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 25 – Kisumu Town MP Ken Obura has tabled a censure Motion against Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku for failing to ensure peace and security in the country.

Obura gave notice of the Motion against the Cabinet Secretary during Wednesday morning’s sitting.

The Motion which is sponsored by CORD and which was approved by Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi on Tuesday, is seeking to fault Lenku on grounds of incompetence and alleged inability to carry out his duties.

“This House expresses its dissatisfaction with the conduct of Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku and censures him for his total inability to secure peace and security in the country,” the Motion reads in part.

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National Assembly Standing Order 47 (5) (1) states that a Motion sponsored by a party or coalition shall have precedence over all other Motions on such day as the House Business Committee, in consultation with the Speaker, may determine.

The first-time MP implored Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso to schedule the Motion urgently but she ruled that the matter now rests with the House Business Committee which plans issues for debate.

“Madame Speaker, I wish that hopefully the Motion will be scheduled for sometime tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon or latest Tuesday afternoon,” Obura requested.

“Honourable Ken Obura you are not in the House Business Committee… you will not decide when it will be scheduled,” Laboso stated.

A Censure Motion is meant to show disapproval and does not result in the compulsory resignation of the named official as is required by a Motion of No Confidence.

Obura would have to file a separate motion, if he has to get Lenku out of office as provided for in the National Assembly Standing Order 66 which guides the removal of a Cabinet Secretary from office.

The Kisumu Town MP would have to follow the procedure his Igembe South counterpart carried out in his flopped bid to remove Devolution Cabinet Secretary from office, where he will be required to collect the signatures of at least one quarter of all the Members of the Assembly who are in support of his cause.

If the Motion is supported by at least one third of the members of the National Assembly, the Assembly shall, within seven days, appoint a Select Committee comprising eleven of its members to investigate the matter; and the Select Committee shall, within 10 days, report to the Assembly whether it finds the allegations against the Cabinet Secretary to be substantiated.

The Cabinet Secretary will have the right to appear and be represented before the Select Committee during its investigations.

If the Select Committee reports that it finds the allegations unsubstantiated, no further proceedings shall be taken.

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