April 23, 2018

Duale gives direction over Health CS Kariuki’s impeachment

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has weighed in on Health CS Sicily Kariuki’s impeachment motion.

Duale on Wednesday (14/3/18) asked 20 legislators leading the impeachment motion against CS Kariuki to drop it.

According to Duale, the matter would be handled internally by the Jubilee Parliamentary Group.

“We have resolved with the members that the matter needs to be dealt with internally through the Jubilee Parliamentary Group structure. We resolved to give a chance to the departmental committee on health chaired by Hon Sabina Chege to investigate the matter and table their report in the House for debate,” he explained.

The Garissa Town MP added that the health committee would have met with the CS by Friday as they prepare their report.

“Thereafter we will use the Jubilee structures in the House in resolving the matter arising from the recommendations of the health committee,” he said.

On Tuesday, 166 MPs signed a petition to impeach the CS for suspending Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lily Koros.

Earlier reports indicated that both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto intervened in the matter, after it emerged that it had the potential of leaving them with an egg on the face.

MPs accused Kariuki of “abuse of office and cross violation of rules and regulations”.

The embattled Koros and an officer in charge of clinical affairs were sent home to pave way for investigations.

National Assembly Committee on Health chairperson Sabina Chege called on MPs to give her committee a chance to investigate the matter before rushing to impeach the CS.

“We should not be quick to judge, let us allow investigations to take place after a week we will write a report and table it in Parliament. Colleagues should therefore give us a chance to investigate the matter,” said Chege.

The Constitution requires at least a third (116) of the 349 Members of the National Assembly to sign an impeachment motion to meet the threshold.

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