Suspended assembly speaker summoned
30 May 2016, 21:18
Nairobi - Speaker Dan Chitwah has been summoned by the ad hoc committee investigating his conduct.
In a letter from the office of the clerk signed by Ambaka Kilinga, Chitwah has been summoned before the committee today (Tuesday) to respond to eleven allegations levelled against him.
“You are invited to attend the sitting of the ad hoc committee sitting on May 31, 2016 at 10am at the assembly chambers,” the letter reads.
Among allegations cited in the letter summoning him includes having an imprest of Sh1 million drawn from assembly account towards facilitating his wedding for which he has not surrendered.
“You made a private travel to Seychelles with your wife at a cost of Sh805,800 which was billed on the county assembly,” the letter reads.
It further indicates the speaker used Sh200,000 from the county assembly coffers to buy an engine for his private car.
Other allegations includes that the speaker outsourced an external lawyer to represent the assembly at an exorbitant fee when the assembly has its own in-house lawyers paid and maintained.
The committee has further revealed Chitwah chaired County Assembly Service Board sittings that presided over irregular employment of staff without following due process.
“You and the various boards you headed during your tenure as the speaker and chairperson have failed to meet statutory requirement of presenting quarterly reports to the house to keep it informed of the board’s activities intentionally,” the letter reads in part.
Chitwah was suspended a month ago by the assembly that voted unanimously to have him sit out and have him investigated for various anomalies.
The eleven-member ad hoc committee was expected to give a report within 14 days after the devolution conference that was hosted in Meru, but has since delayed.
Nominated MCA Nathan Kamidi issued a notice of motion seeking to suspend and interrogate the speaker for several anomalies at the assembly.
“The county assembly has many grave issues which everyone is talking about. We can no longer continue digging our own graves as the election year approaches due to corruption allegations appropriated by one person,” Kamidi said while moving the motion, that was seconded by majority whip Vincent Atsiaya.
Kamidi said Mr Chitwah must exonerate himself from the allegations against him before being allowed to head the assembly again.
Atsiaya proposed that while on suspension, Chitwah be paid half salary, fringe benefits withdrawn, his security withdrawn and official speaker’s vehicle to remain at assembly.
He said instead of impeaching the speaker directly which would have led to many court cases, they decided to give him an opportunity to defend himself.
“If possible, external bodies will be invited to conduct lifestyle audit for the speaker, while his office remains closed and guarded in the meantime,” he said.
Deputy speaker Richard Muhiga is the one currently acting as the speaker of the assembly in the absence of Mr Chitwah.
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