NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The Commission of Inquiry into the petition to suspend the Makueni County Government is set to resume its public hearings Monday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
In a statement, Chairman Mohammed Nyaoga invited all those who wished to submit written memoranda for consideration to deliver them at the commission’s offices.
“All persons who wish to submit written memoranda for consideration by the commission may deliver the same in both hard and soft copy to the commission offices at KICC, ground floor,” he stated.
The commission is expected to determine the grounds raised by the Makueni electorate who petitioned for the county government’s dissolution.
“Following this petition, the President in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 192 of the constitution, Section 123 (4) of the County Government Act and Section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act, appointed a Commission of Inquiry vide Gazette Notice Number 1557 of 10th March 2015 to inquire into the petition and investigate the allegations raised against the county government. The Commission will be conducting further public hearings from the 13th July 2015,” the statement indicated.
If it finds the grounds strong enough as per Article 192 of the Constitution, then it will recommend dissolution of the county government and report the same to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The petitioners had argued that the Members of the County Assembly are corrupt and are making it difficult for the county government to operate.
Should the six-member commission uphold the allegations against the troubled Makueni county government, and the same position agreed upon by the President and Senate, then the county government will become the first under the new constitutional dispensation to be suspended and placed under an Interim County Management.
Before setting up the commission, President Kenyatta had urged Makueni residents and the county government to explore all avenues of reconciliation.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana had however stated that all attempts at peace had failed and the people of Makueni should be given an opportunity to elect a county government of their choice.