NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – The Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo says the House will adhere to the court order barring debate on the motion seeking to impeach Governor Evans Kidero.
While giving directions on the matter on Wednesday afternoon, Magelo indicated that this will also give the Assembly the opportunity to respond to the order and to seek directions to vacate it.
He stated that the due process must be followed and since Kidero will not be there to defend himself, the impeachment motion should be suspended.
“I have reviewed the application and the orders given and today direct as follows. Honourable members, because of the nature of the motion in questions today and the fact that the new constitution gives an accused the right to be heard, we will honor this court order,” he said.
“At the same time, this will give us an opportunity to use legal means to respond to it and to see whether the order can be vacated so that the matters raised can be addressed,” he stated.
He however pointed out that he had extended an invitation to Kidero on the matter and not summoned him.
“I want make one thing clear, that I had extended an invitation to Kidero and not summonses as had earlier been indicated. It is his right to come before this house and shed light on the allegations raised,” he stated.
Debate on the motion failed to kick off on Tuesday due to lack of quorum and Magelo had earlier stated that the process would go on despite the court order stopping it.
Kidero had threatened contempt proceedings against the County Assembly should they insist on debating the censure motion against him.
Through his lawyer George Kithi, Kidero stated that he has not yet formally received the complaints levelled against him and as such, he cannot be able to defend himself appropriately.
Speaking to reporters, Kithi indicated that the County Assembly has a duty to obey the court order and doing anything contrary would be illegal.
He said the accusations against Governor Kidero lacked merit while stating that he will be closely monitoring the proceedings and will file a contempt of court suit should the Assembly persist with debating the motion.