KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 10 – The High Court in Kisumu upheld the impeachment of County Assembly Speaker Onyango Oloo, ordering him to surrender assets including cars assigned to him by the County Assembly Service Board.
Oloo’s was impeached on September 19 in a controversial vote that saw the number of votes exceed the number of lawmakers in the Assembly by nine.
The county assembly elected Elisha Oraro the Acting Assembly Speaker following Oloo’s impeachment.
Among the allegations leveled against Speaker Oloo during the impeachment vote included failing to conduct house proceedings in a free, fair, objective and impartial manner, failure to allow executive Bills to be debated and being subject of an active corruption investigation.
In his ruling on Tuesday, Labour Court Judge Nduma Nderi ruled that Oloo was legally impeached saying the impeachment met the threshold set under the Constitution and Standing Orders.
Oloo was kicked out of office after 42 MCAs voted to have him impeached.
In the ruling, Nderi says Oloo was summoned by the Assembly to defend himself to the 10 accusations leveled against him but failed to appear.
The court said Oloo accepted that he was summoned by the Assembly but failed to convince court why he failed to appear before the Assembly.
On the impeachment day, Oloo said he attempted to access his office but was denied entry.
The impeachment was to be conducted at 2:30pm and according to court, Oloo had briefed the press confirming that he was to attend the impeachment session.
Oloo is among 27 current and former officials of the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) facing graft-related charges over the irregular procurement in a mall construction project whose cost Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said was inflated.
The former Chairperson of Lake Basin Development Authority is said to have received aSh17 million bribe to allow the inflation of the tender for the construction of the mall from an initial figure of Sh2.5 billion to Sh4.1 billion.
On the corruption case facing Oloo Nderi said the case had no bearing to his holding of the Office of the Speaker.