NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi will on Tuesday rule on a court order stopping the petition seeking Auditor General Edward Ouko’s removal from office.
The petitioner Emmanuel Mwagambo is seeking Ouko’s sacking over claims of abuse of office, which includes queries into the purchase of a Sh100 million audit software.
It is alleged the contract was inflated from Sh18 million.
Last week, the Speaker ordered Ouko to appear before Parliament or face unspecified consequences.
Muturi said Ouko whose office is mandated with audit and report on the accounts and funds of National, County Government and independent offices now risks facing sanctions from the National Assembly if he refuses to meet the Finance, Trade and Planning Committee.
Ouko had earlier stated that he will not be appearing before the committee even if summoned as that would be acting in contempt of court.
The Auditor General rushed to court to challenge the committee’s ‘unfair inquiry’ process which he says violates his rights.
Justice George Odunga ordered the committee chaired by Ainamoi MP Benjamin Lang’at to halt the probe until the case is heard on May 15.