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County assembly member attends sessions after losing seat

18 September 2013, 15:37 Ngarae Elias

Laikipia - There was confusion inside the Laikipia County assembly chambers when a member who lost his seat through a petition two weeks ago attended the session.

Paul Leshuel, who was the Mukogondo East ward representative, attended the session on Tuesday and even contributed to a debate on governor Joshua Irungu's speech.

Although none of the members raised the issue on the floor of the house, Patrick Mariru said the court was yet to issue a certificate of nullification to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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(County assembly proceedings. Photo: Joseph Njung'e, News24 user)

He said the electoral commission was supposed to issue a certificate and a notification to his office.

“The office of the Speaker remains blind until it receives a notification from the IEBC. That’s when the Speaker will declare the seat vacant. He will continue serving until the House is formally informed,” Mariru said.

Leshuel lost the seat after the court ruled that elections in his ward were not free and fair following a petition filed by Ephantus Kariithi.

He was given a month to appeal against the judgment.

At the same time, the assembly members have asked the County executive members to start implementing the five-year development plan for the County.

The members said the executive members have been idle in their offices instead of being in the field solving problems facing the county residents.

“We must also execute our oversight role through our departmental committees to ensure that they serve the people who pay their salaries. They have been in these offices for months while wananchi out there are waiting for their services,” the representative for Thingithu, Michael Kinyua, said.

Mukogodo West representative, Paul Lebeneyo, said the executives were only seen in their official cars in town, and were yet to start working. He said the time of making promises was over and that it was time to deliver.

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