County Assembly sends home four ministers
26 March 2014, 15:59
Vihiga - The Vihiga county assembly has stamped its authority in the
region by instigating an impeachment motion to send home four executive
committee members in Governor Moses Akaranga’s administration.
motion that was debated deep into Tuesday night, saw the fate of the
four members being sealed after recommendations by four house committees
that investigated their conduct.
Newton Okwiya (Trade and
Industrialisation), Elmanus Vodoti (Education), Evans Kahiga (County
Treasury) and Johnston Khejeli (Public Service) are the ministers who face
The assembly Speaker Daniel Chitwa said that the
impeachment was in line with sections 42 and 43 of the County Government
Act that requires the assembly to recommend to the governor to relieve
CEC members of their duties upon misconduct.
Vodoti and Kahiga were accused of gross incompetence while Okwiya was sent
parking following mishandling the allocation of stalls at Chavakali
The manner in which stalls allocation at Chavakali market
was handled sent the matter to court thus hindering revenue collection
by the county government.
Khejeli was accused of involvement in politics and failure to make positive progress in the county administration.
While contributing to the impeachment motion, the MCAs alleged that Khejeli wrongly handled public administration docket.
He was also accused of spending SES 7 million to buy uniforms for 35 newly appointed sub-county and ward administrators.
Nixon Butiya, who is Shiru ward representative, said that Khejeli had made politics the order of the day.
“He is interfering with operations in other county departments,” Butiya said.
county treasury boss, Kahiga was also accused of arrogance, poor
budget implementation and unprofessionally handling procurement and
The move to remove Kahiga will greatly impact on the budget making process whose deadline for submission is March 31.
assembly concluded that the education CEC has not been able to
implement major education policies among them employment of ECDE teachers,
turning bursary fund into a loan and using ward administrators to fight
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