Tana River Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) have Tuesday voted to affirm an impeachment motion against their speaker Michael Justin Nkaduda for incompetence and gross misconduct.
Chairman of the seven members’ Ad hoc committee Hirimani MCA Ismail Bodha Kodobo, which was formed last week to investigate the allegations against the speaker tabled their report.
The deputy Speaker Saddam Hussein, who presided over the session announced that 20 MCAs voted to oust the speaker surpassing the threshold of 18 members.
The Tana River County Assembly has 23 members, two were absent.
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The impeachment motion had three grounds; Incompetency, Abuse of office and Gross Misconduct.
Mover of the impeachment motion Mohamed Buya appeared before the Ad Hoc committee and made his submissions yesterday.
Ousted speaker didn’t appear before the committee and was represented by his lawyers led by Ms. Judith Thuku on Monday and said he was indisposed and on bed rest.
Speaker’s lawyers wanted an adjournment which the committee had declined since ‘it will interfere with their timelines’.
The report confirmed two grounds and quashed the abuse of office since it was not listed in section 11 of the County Government Act as one of the grounds for removing a speaker from office.
The ad hoc committee report observed that on the incompetence ground against the speaker. As a result of his failure to convene County Assembly Public Service Board Meetings.
“The collective responsibility of providing medical insurance, maintenance of vehicles and promotion of staff could not be achieved,’’ read Kodobo.
The speaker was accused of engaging in a fist fight with minority leader Hon. Abdi Garmaso after he visited his office to inquire about the status of the medical insurance cover.
The ousted speaker has filed a case at the Malindi Laws Court against Tana River Deputy speaker and clerk. The assembly has adjourned for one month.
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