Ole Lenku, Kaimenyi 'vanish' from parliamentary summons
14 October 2014, 12:28
Nairobi - Cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu defied a State House order to attend parliamentary summons, while others gave it a wide berth.
Ngilu appeared for her summon on time at 9AM Tuesday morning and said she was happy to answer any questions from MPs regarding her Lands ministry docket.
Later on though, it was announced that Interior CS Joseph Ole Lenku and his education counterpart Jacob Kaimenyi had apparently vanished from the precincts of parliament despite earlier being there.
Leader of Majority Aden Duale said that he was happy to see Ngilu and added that the others' sessions would be penned in for a later date.
" I am glad to see that the CS's came out to answer questions even though I regret to say that two of them have 'vanished' ", he said.
Ole Lenku and Kaimenyi are to appear next week in a new roster.
The appearance followed a directive from State House ordering the MPs to stay away from the summons, saying that further consultation was ongoing over the matter.
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This came out in a letter addressed to the house by Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua.
There has been controversy over the summons, with the Law Society of Kenya LSK and the Constitution Implementation Commision CIC against the summons saying that they are illegal.
" They are illegal. There is no provision that CS's appear in the house. That in the first place is the sole reason why they are independent from the legislature in the constitution", LSK chairman Eric Mutua said of the summons.
The CIC on their part are already in court objecting to the matter.
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