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Wednesday June 17, 2020 – Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja voted against the 11 member committee chosen to listen to Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s impeachment case.
Sakaja, a Jubilee Party member, joined Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) in rejecting the committee in support of a plenary hearing.
This came even as National Super Alliance (NASA) and majority of Jubilee Senators aligned to President Uhuru Kenyatta voting for the committee which was given approximately 10 days to decide Waiguru’s fate.
During the Senate session, Sakaja further differed with Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo who violated a Standing Order and made unsubstantiated remarks on a corruption case facing Waiguru, forcing Murkomen to interject.
“Mr. Speaker, I rarely agree with Senator Murkomen and rarely disagree with Senator Mutula.”
“But today, our standing orders are not suggestions.”
“Standing order 94 talks about the responsibility of statement of fact. “
“A Senator shall be responsible for the accuracy of any facts that the Senator alleges to be true and will be required to substantiate any such facts instantly.”
“Let us maintain the integrity of this house.”
“If such a statement cannot be substantiated, my brother Mutula kindly withdraw and apologise,” Sakaja stated as Mutula withdrew.
However, Sakaja lost his bid to have the plenary discuss Waiguru’s impeachment as 45 voted in favour of the committee against 14 who were opposed to it.
On Thursday evening, June 11th, he had vowed to ensure that Waiguru’s impeachment case will be handled by a full house, similar to former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
“I said these words emphatically on the 21st of January about the Kiambu impeachment.”
“My principled stand remains the same.”
“Plenary is the way. Consider a committee of 11 members, if that committee feels that a matter is not substantiated, it dies there.”
“That means on such a matter of great magnitude where not only is the interest of Kiambu being looked at, but also of the senate, 6 members (majority) can stop that process tomorrow.”
“If it comes to the plenary, where all of us can sit in, it will take 24 county delegations to make a decision,” Sakaja said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST