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Assembly ousts its leadership, appoints new leaders

18 January 2015, 18:37 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County assembly members ousted the top leadership in the house, terming them incompetent and claiming they failed to set a clear agenda for the house for the last two years they have served.

On Friday, 29 out of the 39 members of the assembly held a hastily summoned special sitting and got rid of the Majority and Minority leaders and all House whips.

In a move that was said to be aimed at streamlining the competence of the assembly, eight members were relieved of their duties, with the deputy speaker being saved the wave of impeachment by the speaker.

“United Democratic Front (UDF) party that represents Amani coalition and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) that represents the Cord Coalition resolved to review the performance of their leaders at the assembly and we jointly decided to replace them to increase our efficiency,” Nathan Kamidi, UDF secretary general in the region and also a nominated MCA said, while moving the motion.

Those who were ousted included Majority Leader Andrew Ahuga and his deputy Jackson Musoga, Minority Leader Jenipher Ekhuya and her deputy Zakayo Manyasa, majority whip Abdalla Chogo and his deputy Vincent Atsiaya, and minority whip Tom Atingo and his deputy Wilberforce Kitiezo.

UDF boasts of the majority in the house, with a total of 15 elected and 10 nominated house members with the remaining 14 members belonging to ODM and other affiliated parties.

While reading the ruling made after respective coalitions presented their petitions in a move to change their house leadership, speaker Dan Chitwah said that due procedures had been followed.

“A majority of the assembly members have yearned for the special sitting to change the leadership. The plenary sitting is the authority of the assembly and thus the need for the sitting,” said Chitwah.

He confirmed that 21 out of the 25 UDF members had signed for the change of their leadership, while 10 out of 14 in the Cord coalition had signed their petition too.

The new leadership included leader of majority David Ogova and his deputy Shairo Shimanyano, minority leader Peter Amuhinda and his deputy Josphat Munai, majority whip Wycliffe Masini and his deputy Nathan Kamidi, and minority whip Clyde Kweya and his deputy Joshua Olao.

The move saw all women ousted from the assembly’s top leadership positions, with the speaker consequently dissolving the speaker’s panel forthwith, and a new one set to be constituted later.

While addressing the house, the new Majority Chief Whip Wycliffe Masini said that members had suffered at the hands of the former leadership, with the nominated MCAs having completely been sidelined in major decision making panels.

“A strong county assembly that is not lead by selfishness will lead to a strong County Executive, which will finally deliver to the people of this region without bias,” said Masini.

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