MPs set to go on recess Thursday

April 6, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 3:26 pm
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The House will however discuss the Progress Report of the House Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade on the Petition for the Removal from office of the Auditor General, Edward Ouko submitted to the House last Thursday/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 6 – Parliamentarians are on Thursday afternoon slated to go on month-long recess which will be mostly marked by the much anticipated political party primaries slated to kick off tomorrow.

Jubilee Party has cleared 7,893 aspirants to contest various seats in the primaries set to begin on April 21.

The nominations which are to conclude on April 26 have attracted 156 senatorial aspirants and 170 Woman Representative hopefuls while 984 applicants are gunning to be the Jubilee Party flag bearer for the National Assembly seats.

ODM will conduct its polls in clusters with the first batch of the counties set to hold their primaries tomorrow in Bungoma, Machakos and Busia, with Nairobi, Makueni and Garissa being the last three on April 22.

The House will however discuss the Progress Report of the House Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade on the Petition for the Removal from office of the Auditor General, Edward Ouko submitted to the House last Thursday.

This followed a directive by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi ruled that the House will obey the National Assembly obeyed a High Court Order stopping the Finance Committee from proceeding to hear a petition seeking his removal from office.

The committee is probing Ouko following a petition by lawyer Emmanuel Mwagonah pushing for his ouster on abuse of office claims, procurement breaches and ignoring merit while hiring. Ouko went to court to stop the probe.

The Auditor-General’s office is accused of spending Sh100 million on software called Audit Vault said to cost Sh18 million.

In a ruling delivered to the House on March 21, Muturi said of the notice of appeal was filed in the High Court on March 17 and in the Court of Appeal on March 20.

“In respecting the court orders, the Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade continues with its suspension of the investigation of the specific grounds alleged by Mr Emmanuel Mwagonah in his petition to the National Assembly seeking the removal of Edward Ouko from the Office of the Auditor-General,” he ruled.

“I have since instructed our advocates to appeal against the court’s decision to injunct the House as this is the avenue available in law to express disagreement with judicial findings and also to give the court an opportunity to hierarchically express itself on the question of separation of powers with finality,” Muturi said in Communication to the House.

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