Ukambani MPs voted out EACC bosses to save Ngilu
11 July 2015, 17:09
Nairobi - MPs from the Ukambani region voted in support for the removal of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC boss Walakhe Waqo in protest over the removal of their own from key public offices in recent months.
MPs especially from the Ukambani region Thursday voted overwhelmingly for the removal of Waqo and his Deputy Michael Mubea, a move which will render the EACC effectively toothless.
The MPs voted 70-39 to have the two officers kicked out of office.
The move though, according to insiders is to protect Lands CS Charity Ngilu from prosecution by the EACC, which has been on her case for a number of months now in an abuse of office charge.
According to insiders, Ukambani MPs are still disappointed with the removal of EACC chairman Mumo Matemu and the manner in which Monica Juma was hounded out of office by MPs after being named Secretary to the Cabinet.
This time, they had their way.
" We are tired of being on the firing line all the time. It was time for us too to defend ourselves," an MP from the Ukambani region who did not want to be named told News24.
It is also said to have been a sign of the influence Wiper Party and CORD Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka had on the matter, with Kalonzo having supported Ngilu in court when the mention of her case came about.
" It is not even a debate that there was a coalition formed by the Ukambani MPs or not. It is obvious they did. They voted for corruption and that is the reality," Political analyst Michael Njenga believes.
" I think that they did what they did out of frustration of recent times and the fact that Ngilu was accompanied by Kalonzo in court also tells its own story," he believes.
A number of MPs from Central Kenya also voted for the amendment, with similar interests in the protection of transport CS Michael Kamau who is also in trouble with the EACC.
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