Uasin Gishu: CE Finance Survives Censure Motion

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A 23 final vote against 21 delivered Finance and Economic planning County Minister Shadrack Sambai straight from the jaws of a censure motion that would have technically dealt a big blow to his proffesional career.

Had it passed, the censure motion ferociously moved by Kapsuswa/Kuinet Ward legislator Rebecca Chepchirchir Magut would have seen the County Assembly pass a vote of no confidence against the County Minister to make him the second to suffer the same fate in the first County Assembly after CE Public Service Management over the controversial sourcing of National Youth Service(NYS) services in the County.

Earlier Sergoit Ward member Moses Kipchumba Barteng had delivered a blow by blow account of the County Executive’s alleged wrongful handling of the county’s finances and urged the members to censure the CE.

Members who were in the forefront opposing the censure motion include Ziwa Ward member Hilary Keter and Megun Ward rep Peter Sugut.

Keter stirred raw emotions as differences played out when he accused some of his colleagues of engaging in witch hunt to settle political scores. He dismissed the censure motion as an evil scheme plotted by detractors of development.

Those who supported the censure motion include Langas Ward rep Francis Muya and his Shauri Moyo counterpart Peter Chomba. Suprisingly all ward reps from Turbo Constituency supported the Censure motion.

Out of the 44 members present during the heated debate, 23 voted against the motion while 21 supported and none abstained from the vote. The motion was punctuated by emotive debate and hostile interjections of points of order that stretched what would have been a normal call for a voice count to determine the outcome to a division.

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Uasin Gishu County Assembly Passes Vote of No Confidence Against CEC Margaret Chepkwony

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[photo File:Axed CE Public Service Management Margaret Jepchumba Chepkwony]

Uasin Gishu County Assembly passed a vote of no confidence against Public Service Management CEC Margaret Jepchumba Chepkwony on Thursday,after an acrimonious debate which lasted for more than six hours, late into the night.

The heated debate on wether or not CE Margaret Chepkwony should be dismissed for violation of the Public Employment Act and abuse of office culminated into a vote by division which was passed with a wide margin in which 23 MCAs supported her dismissal against 19.

The vote now means it is upto the Governor to decide whether to dismiss Margaret Chepkwony or let her stay in office against the assemblys’ wish.

In a stormy debate, majority members of the assembly supported the motion,urging the governor to dismiss the County Minister because she had disregarded the laws in single sourcing National Youth Service (NYS) services and illegal recruitment of deputy sub-county administrators among other accusations.

“We should follow the stipulated laws in whatever we undertake in this county. I want to thank the honourable members who have supported this motion because they have clearly said no to impunity,” said Kapsuswa/Kuinet Ward rep Rebecca Chepchirchir Magut who moved the motion to censure Chepkwony and demanded her immediate dismissal.

Chairman Public Service Board Joseph Tanui and CEC Finance and Economic Planning Shadrack Sambai are also facing a censure motion. The censure motion against Governor Jackson Mandago’s cabinet is being read by political observers as a vote of no confidence on his administration.

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Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker asks Governors to respect the Senate

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Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer

Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Kipkemei Terer has asked governors to honour summons issued by the Senate over mismanagement of public funds instead of going to court to block the process.

While adressing North Rift Speakers meeting Terer said governors should cooperate with the Senate because they are working within the constitution.

Terer who chaired the Speakers’ meeting asked the courts to work in harmony with other government arms and avoid undermining the Senate.

“The constitution is very clear and we urge the governors to read what it says so that they avoid engaging in unnecessary wars with other institutions like Senate, which is playing its role,” Terer said.

He said Kenyans, through the constitution, have given the Senate the mandate to play the oversight role over counties.

A week ago, the High Court issued orders stopping nine governors from appearing before the Senate to answer questions on county finance management.

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