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Akaranga given 10 days to sack four ministers

01 April 2014, 15:11 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga has ten days to sack the four county executive committee members who were impeached through a motion that was moved last week by house Majority Leader Andrew Ahuga.

The county assembly arrived at a conclusion that the four were not suitable to hold their incumbent offices, and the report for their sacking was expected to be handed to the governor on Monday.

Newton Okwiya (Trade and Industrialisation), Elmanus Vodoti (Education), Evans Kaiga (County Treasury) and Johnston Khejeli (Public Service) are the CECMs who face the sack.

The preliminary report observes that Kaiga had failed to provide the county assembly with full and regular reports on matters relating to the county financial matters as required by the constitution.

The report also observes that Kaiga had interfered with the County Appropriation Bill 2013/2014 at the Government Printer by authorising the publication of the Appropriation Act with the amendments from the Government Printer without the knowledge of the county assembly clerk.

The report further suggested that the finance minister had failed to tame the procurement malpractices in the executive and inability to crackdown on procurement cartels in the executive.

“The committee concluded that the member was ignorant and arrogant as he declined to respond to the allegations levelled against him. He abused his office and therefore the committee recommends that the county assembly should compel the Governor to relieve him of his duties since he is not fit to hold public office,” committee chairman, Nixon Butiya said.

Kaiga was voted out by thirty five members, with only one member voting against the decision to sack him. Three members were absent from the house.

The report that was tabled before the house leading to the sacking of Johnstone Khejeri also revealed that he had grossly abused his office, was incompetent and failed to provide statutory requirements.    

Thirty two members voted to oust Khejeri, with only one voting against the decision and three abstaining.

After cross examinations, the committee that conducted investigations into the allegations were levelled against Newton Okwiya felt that even after being given time, he had failed to live to the running of the docket.

“While two MCAs recommended further investigations on the allegations, majority of the committee recommended the CECM should be relieved of his duties,” the report read in part.

Okwiya was voted out by twenty eight members, with five voting against the decision and three abstaining.

Vodoti was alleged to have procured rotten maize (5 412 bags) and beans (2 706 bags) for the school feeding programme, issuing bursary forms that were not serialised, incoherence in handling education matters, failure to address the plight of ECDE teachers, and failure to answer satisfactorily on issues raised against him.

The committee unanimously recommended and compelled Governor Akaranga to relieve him of his duties since he was not fit to hold a public office.  

Members voted overwhelmingly to oust Vodoti, with thirty five of them voting for the decision and only one member voting against it.    

While debating in the assembly, some members however asked whether the various committees had sufficient evidence in case the besieged members went to the Law Courts to challenge their decisions.

“I am worried if the committees have sufficient evidence to present to the courts in case the executive members will go to court. Have they done enough investigations or did they just sit in the committees and not extended their research?” Joshua Olao, MCA Luanda south posed.   

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