Bomet MCAs clash in bid to fire speaker

By: FELIX KIPKEMOI

The Bomet assembly on Thursday afternoon almost came to blows over a motion to impeach the speaker.

Embomos MCA Robert Serbai sought to table a notice to remove speaker Geoffrey Kipngetich from office.

The speaker rejected the tabling of the motion saying he had been ambushed and was not informed of the intention.

Some MCA supported the speaker while others were in support of the motion. Those in support of the motion said the deputy speaker had approved it.

“I am sitting here not as Kipngetich but as the speaker of the house and whenever we want to conduct any business, laid down procedures as contained in the standing orders must be fully adhered to at all times,” the speaker said.

Majority leader Josphat Kirui faced off with Kapletundo MCA Benard Ngeno.

Kirui denied any attempts to fight the speaker saying he was just pleading with him to consider adjourning after members had turned rowdy.

The speaker adjourned the session until Tuesday when he will give a ruling over the motion.

Contacted, the clerk Isaac Kitur said the MCA was allowed to table the motion since he had seen it and was approved by deputy speaker Joyce Korir.

Addressing the press at his office, Kitur said due process had been observed in tabling of the motion hence the speaker erred by stopping Serbai from tabling it.

“When the speaker is the subject of the matter he is not allowed to approve it and so this case here. The deputy speaker approves it when the threshold has been met,” the clerk said.

Among the allegations Kipngetich is accused of is abuse of office, incompetence and arrogance.

It will be the second time the speaker is facing an impeachment motion in one year.

Last year, he managed to surmount the threat after he was saved by members.

Another motion to impeach Governor Isaac Rutto is already in its last stages with Kapletundo ward MCA saying it will be ready for tabling next week.

The speaker said he is aware of the motion.