NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 07 – Confusion and acrimony among MPs marked the proceedings in the National Assembly Committee on Finance where Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru appeared to answer questions regarding the Sh800 million attempted fraud at the National Youth Service.
Committee Chairman Benjamin Langat had a hectic time controlling the sitting after Jubilee Coalition MPs led by Starehe’s Maina Kamanda jeered Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi as he questioned her on the recruitment criteria of the NYS.
“Since this attempted fraud was detected as it were and since it points at an inside job what has stopped the CS from causing persons associated with this process to step aside pending investigations? I know the CS has a lot of friends here with her today,” Wandayi could be heard saying, amid heckling.
The MPs Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri), Francis Waititu (Juja), Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu), Kanini Keega (Kieni), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Barua Njogu (Bahati), Florence Kajuju (Meru) Maison Leshomo (Samburu) had introduced themselves as ‘Friends of the Finance Committee’ (a term used to describe an MP who is appearing in a Committee in which he is not a member) constantly disrupted the sitting often jeering speakers who spoke against Waiguru and cheered those who spoke in support of the Devolution CS.
Waiguru and her team watched calmly as the chaos unfolded as different groups of MPs hurled insults at each other.
Timothy Bosire and Mvita MP requested Langat to reign in the MPs as he questioned why parliamentary procedure had been set aside.
Kitutu Masaba MP Richard Onyonka who recently declared that he will be defending his seat on a Jubilee Alliance Party ticket also clashed with the Nominated MP Oburu Oginga and the Ugunja MP who questioned his presence as he is not a member of the committee.
“Mr Chairman, tell the brother to the Prime Minister to leave me alone. You are just nominated, I am elected. You cannot intimidate me. You have finally gotten where I wanted. You have no mandate. Do not go there,” Onyonka told Odinga.
Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura received cheers after her told off Wandayi who had alleged NYS recruits had participated in the demonstrations in support of the embattled Devolution CS.
“It is wrong to allege that the youths who went to demonstrate in Kisumu were paid and were NYS recruits and I think my colleague, Hon. Wandayi who only represents three wards must withdraw and apologise, I want him to withdraw and apologise,” Obura said.
Waiguru received cheers from Jubilee MPs as she declared that no money was lost after the attempted fraud was botch adding that a preliminary DCI investigation report indicated that they are looking into procurement of projects worth Sh695 million.
She said has no role in procurement noting that cyber crime is not unique to the NYS and the Devolution ministry.
Wandai and Oburu were forced to walk out of the crowded committee room as a section of MPs cheered.