NAIROBI, Kenya May 22 – National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale is now accusing the Orange Democratic Movement Party (ODM) of diverting the multi-billion gold scandal probe with imaginary impeachments.
Speaking to Capital FM News on Wednesday evening, Duale says there is no planned impeachment motion against Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi as claimed by Minority Leader John Mbadi and a section of politicians over the scandal that has roped in dubious businessmen and influential government and political leaders.
The Garissa Township lawmaker has said even if there were to be such a motion to axe CS Matiangi from his position, Jubilee members will not entertain such a move.
“As Jubilee members we will not allow the impeachment of Matiangi and in fact the procedure is very clear for removal of office of a cabinet secretary,” he said.
He added that from the Jubilee side at least, there were no indications that members were plotting to impeach CS Matiangi, statements however, which are a sharp contrast especially to lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto who believe CS Matiangi has a case to answer.
He maintained that the matter which in an all too familiar script has taken the political route should not be politicized while urging politicians who are prosecuting the matter in public forums to cease forthwith.
“Those politicizing the matter should give time to the office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and the Director of Public Prosecutions to go and make sure that all the people involved in the scandal regardless of their social standings must be held to account,” he said.
DP Ruto’s allies who have been highly associated with the impeachment plot accuse CS Matiangi of being involved in the scam by giving a blind eye to the illegal operations of the members of the fake gold syndicate.
Following the leaked audio that surfaced believed to be a voice of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula who can be heard on in heated telephone conversation with a ‘client’ presumably from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), demanding to know the status of what is believed to be a gold deal, lawmakers continue not to mince their words on the subject.
Over the weekend MP Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) and a section of politicians demanded an explanation from CS Matiangi over reasons why some of the dreadful General Service Unit officers (GSU) were guarding one of the houses at Kaputei Gardens off Othaya Road where fake gold and other consignments were seized.
The lawmakers threatened to invite CS Matiangi to Parliament to shed light on the matter when the House resumes its sessions next month after the short recess, but CS Matiangi who spoke to Daily Nation earlier this week noted “You don’t expect me to respond to whether fraudsters mentioned my name in what is an active investigation”.
On Wednesday, two lawmakers joined a growing list of defenders for CS Matiangi accusing those pushing for his impeachment as individuals who were out to settle political scores.
The legislators, Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West) and his Alego Usonga counterpart saID, CS Matiangi was being attacked for his insistence on the rule of law.
They said the CS has consistently been able to weed out corruption and barred cartels from winning lucrative deals, a position that has put him on the wanted list.
According to Article 152 of the constitution, a Member of the National Assembly, supported by at least one-quarter of all the members of the National Assembly, may propose a motion requiring the President to dismiss a Cabinet Secretary on different grounds ranging from: on the ground of a gross violation of a provision of the Constitution or of any other law.
Others are: where there are serious reasons for believing that the Cabinet Secretary has committed a crime under national or international law; or for gross misconduct.
CS Matiangi’s removal from office will however prove to be an uphill task for those rooting for his exit especially after the House Speaker Justin Muturi in his ruling five years ago outlined new stiffer rules on the procedure of removing a cabinet secretary.
In his ruling that was precipitated by then CS Devolution Ann Waiguru and now Kirinyaga Governor impeachment motion filed by MP Alfred Keter (Nandi) but flopped, Muturi ruled that all the motions to impeach State officers must have evidence attached showing grounds of impeachment.
Among the evidence to be provided by Muturi included annextures and sworn testimonies in respect of the allegation.
He also gave himself the power to determine if the grounds in a Motion to impeach a State officer met the threshold provided in the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai is on Friday expected to submit a report to DPP Noordin Haji who had directed him to expedite the investigations on the scandal following it’s immense public interest.