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Muturi yet to receive Waiguru ouster motion

11 November 2015, 09:24 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi has said his office is yet to receive a motion from Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter to impeach the embattled Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru.

However, Muturi assured that his office will take at least three days to consider whether Keter’s Special motion meets the constitutional and legal threshold for approval once it is forwarded by the National Assembly Clerk, Justin Bundi.

“I have been reading in the papers and watching on TVs that there is a motion to impeach the Devolution minister. Well MPs are at liberty to prepare any form of business including special motions of impeachment,” said Muturi.

The Speaker added his office has not received any motion regarding the impeachment of a minister since he issued a directive on 27th October, 2015 stating rules to be followed by MPs in coming up with such Special motions.

Read Also: 155 MPs sign petition to kick Waiguru out of office

“I issued a communication governing how special motions to impeach a minister should be processed. I set out various particulars which should be followed,” said Muturi after opening the African Regional workshop on Sustainability, Energy and Development.

“I said the legislature must go by the interpretation given by the courts and the threshold set for proving gross violation of the Constitution and abuse of office.  Court rulings are binding to the House,” he added.

Muturi, therefore, pointed out that he will examine whether Keter’s motion meets certain provisions contained in his communication to the House.  

“Whether an MP files a normal or special motion, it must follow my ruling. First to the clerk, to me and if meets the threshold as I directed, I will ask Keter to proceed to give notice of his motion. But there is nothing before me to approve or reject,” stated Muturi.

The Speaker also said he initially rejected Keter’s motion because the motion lacked the minimum threshold for tabling and 17 MPs who had withdrawn from the process of having Waiguru impeached.

“I advised the motion does not meet the threshold. There was nothing for me to consider or look at any proposal,” said Muturi.

Muturi insisted that he had nothing personal on the proposed impeachment of Waiguru saying even if the motion was to run its full cycle, he is not party to the appointment of the special committee that scrutinize the petition.

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