By Calvin Osiemo
Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter is currently sponsoring a motion seeking to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. However, Keter claims that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi is on a mission to block the bill by demanding too much from the sponsor of the bill to meet the threshold required before it can be tabled in Parliament.
The reaction by the MP follows a statement from the Speaker saying that he hadn’t received any impeachment motion against CS Waiguru adding that should his office receive the impeachment motion, he will have three days to go through the document and see if it meets the required standards. The speaker has asked the Nandi Hills legislator to substantiate his claims and state the grounds on which the CS should be removed from office.
“In that ruling, I made it clear that the legislator is required to go by the constitutional interpretation given by the courts,” said Mr. Muturi.
However, Keter has protested the move by the Speaker saying that no parliamentary order requires a sponsor of a motion to substantiate his claims citing an example of an impeachment motion tabled in Parliament against Education CS Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi.
“There is no requirement in Parliament’s standing orders that an MP moving a motion should substantiate. The same was not required during the impeachment of Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi. Why is Ms. Waiguru getting special treatment?” Mr. Keter asked.
Mr. Keter said that he has garnered 180 Members of Parliament surpassing the required number of 80 MPs and it is expected that the number will rise to 200. The call for CS Waiguru’s ousting has witnessed support from both the ruling Jubilee Coalition and the majority CORD opposition
“At least 180 MPs have signed and we expect the number to increase to 200 legislators by tomorrow,” said Keter.
The turbulence comes shortly after the Cabinet Secretary’s appearance before the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission on Tuesday where she spent several hours shedding more light on graft allegations leveled against her and her docket. Lawyer Mr. Ahmednasir Abdullahi, representing Waiguru said that she is neither a suspect nor an accused person at the moment.
“We would like to emphasize that the Cabinet Secretary is neither a suspect nor an accused person — at best she will be a witness in this matter,” said the lawyer.