NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated a six-member Commission of Inquiry to probe the veracity of allegations laid out in a petition by Makueni residents to dissolve the County Government.
Speaker of the Senate Ekwee Ethuro in his communication to the House said he had obtained a letter from President Kenyatta confirming that he had received the petition calling the dissolution of the Makueni County Government and had forwarded the attached signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for verification.
“Subsequent to receipt of the petition for the suspension, H.E. the President requested the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to confirm the veracity of the signatures annexed to the petition to ensure the requirement under section 123 (2) of the County Governments Act had been satisfied and that those who supported the petition were indeed registered voters Makueni County. The IEBC has subsequently confirmed that section 123(2) of the County Governments Act had been satisfied,” said Ethuro.
The section demands that the petition be supported with signatures of not less than 10 percent of the registered voters in the county.
President Kenyatta’s six nominees are; Mohammed Nyaoga (chairperson) and Johnston Kavuludi, Emily Gatuguta, Prof Harrison Maithya, Alice Wairimu Nderitu and lawyer Taib Ali Taib who were selected in line with section 123(5) of the County Governments Act which outlines the criteria in which the members of the commission are selected.
It states that,” The commission shall comprise, a chairperson, who shall be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with at least 15 years’ experience, the chairperson of the National Police Service, two persons resident in the affected county and who have not for the last 10 years stood for an elective office in the affected county government, or have been an officer or employee of the affected county government and two other persons not resident in the affected county with experience in conflict management.”
The Speaker has since handed over the list of nominees to the Kipchumba Murkomen-led devolution committee which is directed to file a report approving or disapproving names within 14 days.
“I now direct that the names and curriculum vitae of the six nominees be forwarded to the sessional committee on devolved Governments for vetting,” said the Speaker.
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 Kivutha Kibwana against the members of the County Assembly was stalling activities in the County as several laws were yet to be considered by the assembly.