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Kiala lied about matatu ride, senate hearing told

12 August 2014, 10:37 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Machakos deputy Governor Bernard Kiala lied about being forced to use a matatu to travel to Nairobi after his car was impounded, the senate committee probing his impeachment has been told.

Kiala alleged in July, that he was forced to travel to Nairobi to attend CORD's Saba Saba day rally using public means after his vehicle was impounded by Governor Alfred Mutua who was unhappy that he was making the trip.

Mutua was a well voiced opponent of the Saba Saba rally.

Mr John Mutinda, who was the driver of the matatu which Kiala allegedly used on his trip to Nairobi, said in the committee hearing Monday in Nairobi, that Kiala did not travel in his vehicle to the city as per his claims.

" I want to state here that the deputy Governor did not use my matatu for travel as he has claimed severally in different stages, he said.

" He did not move an inch in my matatu, he added.

Kiala did not respond to the accusations from Mutinda, who was part of 9 witnesses brought in to help investigate his impeachment.

He did however attack Mutua, who he accused of high handedness and sidelining him, as well as pulling through with corrupt deals. He said that Machakos was a one man operation despite the fact that they were elected on the same pedestal.

" Every decision is made by the Governor. He does not involve me nor does he accept my input and I feel sidelined. Many of the developments I hear of just like the rest of the staff in the county, he accused.

" There are plenty of corrupt deals and lack of procedure in sourcing if tenders, the key one being the police vehicles tender which was single sourced and rubber-stamped by the Governor as compared to a tendering process, he added.

Kiala has been accused by the Machakos Assembly of gross violation of the Constitution and gross violation of the four Acts of Parliament; the County Government Act, Public Ethics Act, National Cohesion and Integration Act, and the Leadership and Integrity Act.

He has denied all the charges and says that he has been falsely accused by Mutua and the MCA's.

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