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Kisumu Speaker faces House censure threat

Kisumu MCAs have threatened to impeach Speaker Onyango Oloo over alleged gross misconduct. Led by Majority Whip Gard Olima and Leader of Majority Kenneth Onyango, the MCAs have accused Oloo of mismanaging the Assembly.

Olima said they will move a censure motion against the Speaker as the members have lost confidence in his leadership style.

He claimed Oloo was derailing the county’s development because of how he is managing the Assembly. “We cannot work with the Speaker anymore. We want someone who has the development of the county at heart,” he said.

Onyango said some of the Speaker’s decisions were negating implementation of the county’s development agenda. The ward reps also accused Oloo of dictatorial leadership, saying it has left the members sharply divided.

However, Oloo has since dared the MCAs to move an impeachment motion against him, saying he is ready to confront them.

“Let them (MCAs) go on with the plan to impeach me as the law gives them powers to do so. But let them know I am ready to face them,” he said.

This comes after chaos broke out in the Assembly on Tuesday following a protracted fight between the MCAs and chief Sergeant-at-arms George Amayo.

The chaos was triggered by disagreement among MCAs over an indefinite adjournment of the Assembly sittings by temporary speaker Erick Agolla. Oloo has defended the House suspension, saying there was no business in the Order Paper to transact.

He said the decision to adjourn the Assembly sittings was reached in the House Business Committee (HBC) meeting convened last week. Oloo said the committee agreed to suspend the sittings until today.

“The committee resolved that the Assembly suspends its business for three days to allow members attend an investment conference for the Lake Region Economic Bloc in Bomet county,” he said.

He accused some MCAs of hatching a plot to pocket double allowances from the Assembly sittings and the conference.

Onyango, Olima, Joachim Oketch (Kondele) and Joseph Olale (Nyalenda B), among others, recorded statements with the police following the Tuesday melee.

Last month, chaos rocked the Assembly after the Ward Reps differed on a purported impeachment plot against Oloo. They accused him of stage-managing his own impeachment plan.

Meanwhile, Senator Fred Outa is expected to give his annual address to the Assembly today despite the ongoing internal feuds.

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