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Team formed to grill governor on charges

Tuesday May 6 2014

PHOTO | FILE Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro leading proceedings on February 4, 2014 during the impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora.

PHOTO | FILE Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro leading proceedings on February 4, 2014 during the impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DENNIS ODUNGA
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Senators have agreed to form a committee to study the complaints against embattled Embu Governor Martin Wambora.

During a special session Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki tabled a motion for establishment of a team of eleven to investigate the proposal for the Governor’s removal.

However, some senators were concerned that the same team that had previously recommended Mr Wambora’s removal was being proposed.

“This is total prejudice to the accused,” said Senator Wilfred Machage (ODM), “because these members had already made a ruling.”

“We need new names to be seen to be fair to the accused.”

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi, ODM) concurred. “We cannot have the same judge who sent you to the gallows hear your appeal.”

Despite the reservations, Prof Kindiki listed Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet, URP), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu, TNA), Zipporah Kittony (Nominated, Kanu), Wilfred Leisan (Bomet, URP) and Naisula Leisuda (Nominated, TNA) in the proposed committee.

The others were Peter Mositet (Kajiado, TNA), James Orengo (Siaya, ODM), Dr Boni Khalwale (Kakamega, UDF), Boy Juma Boy (Kwale, ODM), Hargura Godana and Judith Sijeny (Nominated, Wiper).

He said the Embu County Assembly, which impeached Mr Wambora for the second time, had presented its petition and the Senate had to perform its duty.

“This is a motion of great public interest though it entails unpleasant duties of this House, but which must be performed.”

Mr Murkomen said the whole House would make the final decision on the team’s report. The team is required to give its report on May 13.