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Senate to make ousting county Speaker harder

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci

Senators are now proposing tougher laws that will make it harder to remove County Assembly Speakers from office by MCAs. The proposal was made as a wave of impeachments against Speakers bites across the country.

The Senate committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations and that of Justice and Legal Affairs said they will come up with laws that will give the 67 senators final say just like is the case for governors impeachment.

In addition, the senators are proposing amendments to raise the threshold of MCAs required to impeach a Speaker from two-thirds to three-quarters.

Addressing a news conference yesterday, the two committees said the legislation will cure the problem of Speakers being ejected on flimsy grounds.

Devolution chairperson Nderitu Kinyua (Laikipia county) and his Justice counterpart Samson Cherargei (Nandi county), as well as senators Issa Boy Juma (Kwale) and Boniface Kabaka (Machakos), said most impeachments are informed by greed.

“The committee noted that wrangles create instability, not only to the respective officers but also to devolution idea and negatively affects service delivery at the county level,” said Kinyua.

Nairobi, Homa Bay, Migori, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kisumu and Elegeyo Marakwet are the recent victims of the wrangles.

In Elgeyo Marakwet, business was paralysed by supremacy battles between two factions; one led by House deputy Speaker Christopher Chemosong (Arror ward) and another by David Kipketer (Sengwer ward).

In Homa Bay, MCAs have impeached Speaker Elizabeth Ayoo, saying her integrity had become questionable after 47 members voted in favour of the impeachment while Speaker Onyango Oloo is fighting for his seat in Kisumu.

In Nyandarua, some MCAs impeached Speaker Ndegwa Wahome and locked out colleagues,  who allegedly supported Wahome, from the chambers.

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