Suspended speaker pleads for reprieve from MCAs
26 June 2016, 18:30
Nairobi - Suspended Vihiga County assembly speaker Dan Chitwah has pleaded with members to allow him finish his tenure.
Chitwah said he has performed exemplarily well in the past three years, and denying him finish his tenure is a violation of his rights.
“Allow me to finish my tenure as the speaker of the assembly for the remaining year,” he said during a function in Mutsulyu on Saturday.
Two weeks ago, report of an ad hoc committee that was investigating Mr Chitwah’s conduct was adopted by the assembly.
The report recommended Chitwah steps aside from his position as speaker and be investigated by Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.
Chitwah was suspended in April and a committee set up to investigate him over allegations of misuse of office but he denied having ever got any suspension letter.
“I have been home with my child who is now two-months old (on paternity leave). I will be resuming duty soon,” Chitwah said.
He had been accused of having used Sh1 million from assembly coffers to fund his wedding, and used a further Sh805,000 for his honeymoon in Seychelles.
This comes even as Mr Chitwah had moved to the High Court to contest the decision by the MCAs to suspend him.
According to court papers, Chitwah has applied for the decision by MCAs to be revoked and his position as speaker retained.
The county assembly has however applied for notice of preliminary objection to the case noting that matters raised fall within jurisdiction of the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
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