Tuesday May 26, 2020 – National Assembly Clerk, Michael Sialai, has disowned an ‘Order Paper’ circulating on social media containing a purported impeachment motion against Deputy President William Ruto and labelled it as fake news.
The document titled ‘Order Paper’ contains a ‘Special Motion’ on the impeachment of the DP and has triggered fierce reactions on social media.
It claims that the motion is sponsored by Kieni MP, Kanini Kega, and will be debated at on June 2nd at 2.30pm.
The document further states that the motion to kick out Ruto for gross violation of the Constitution and gross misconduct has been endorsed by 106 MPs.
“That, Pursuant to the provisions of Article 150(1) (b) of the Constitution and Standing Orders 61 and 65 of the National Assembly Standing Orders, this House impeaches Dr William Samoei Ruto as the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya,” the document reads.
Sialai trashed the documents as fake and fabricated, terming it the work of people hell-bent on spreading fake news.
“I wish to inform the members of the public that the document is fake and therefore has not been published by the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya,” he said.
Sialai reiterated that while it is true that Members of Parliament are resuming sessions on June 2nd after recess, the House Business Committee has not met to schedule the business for the day.
“The committee is yet to meet to consider and approve the business to be transacted by the House when it resumes during the week commencing on June 2nd,” he said.
Sialai said that once the committee sits and comes up with business, it will be published on the parliamentary website and circulated to all members in the usual manner, including notification through the official Bulk SMS platform.
He said no notice of such a motion has been received in either his office or that of Speaker Justin Muturi.
“Similarly, no list of members or signatures to support of such a motion has been received in either of the two offices,” he added.
Sialai said the document contains glaring discrepancies with official Orders Papers of the National Assembly.
The Kenyan DAILY POST