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'Furious' Kenya senators accuse Speaker of 'missing in action'

14 February 2016, 08:30

Nairobi – Kenya’s senators have reportedly castigated Speaker Ekwee Ethuro and his deputy Kembi Gitura over their frequent absence during important House business.

According to The Standard, the "furious" senators accused the two of "missing in actions, yet there are crucial pending issues in parliament".

The Speaker was in Paris, France recently for the climate change conference. He was among the Kenyan delegation that accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Before the Paris trip, the report said, Ethuro "travelled to Luanda in Angola, then proceeded to Ghana for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting... In September, he was also in Geneva, Switzerland for the Inter-parliamentary Union meeting…"

Reports indicated that the Speaker was also in South Africa for the just ended Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg.

"Is it in order for all the speakers to be out of the country? What takes precedence, is it the House Business or foreign travels?" nominated Senator Godliver Omondi was quoted as saying.

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