NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – Members of County Assemblies have come under sharp criticism following the ongoing wave of impeachment of Speakers across the country.
Speaking at the burial of the late Mzee Peter Musyoka in Tseikuru on Friday, NASA leader Raila Odinga said the impeachments are not genuine but are orchestrated by the demand for lucrative foreign trips and benchmarking outings that come with hefty allowances.
“Most of Speakers are staring at ouster bids and this all is because of money. A lot of money is being spent by these MCAs on foreign trips instead of benefiting the ordinary citizens; foreign countries are even tired of Kenyan delegations going to their countries for bench marking,” said Odinga.
He said the trend needs to be stopped immediately as it is painting a negative picture to devolution which is expected to work for the people.
In the last term, the target was on governors who served at the mercy of the ward reps. The target now is on Speakers.
Speakers who have been branded unfriendly risk being thrown out by the ward reps who accuse them of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Recently, chaos erupted at the Homa Bay Assembly as a section of members wanted to forcefully eject Speaker Elizabeth Ayoo accusing her of poor leadership.
This was the same scenario at the Nairobi County Assembly when they impeached Speaker Beatrice Elachi.
In Kisumu, Speaker Onyango Oloo escaped impeachment by a whisker after ODM intervened to rescue him when the motion had already been filed.
Other County Assembly Speakers who have been threatened by impeachments include those in Nyandarua, Migori and Nakuru among others.