Majority leader requests for special sittings to approve CEC nominees

The Tana River County Assembly could soon be recalled to approve Governor Dhadho Godhana’s nominees to the County Executive Committee.

The Assembly’s Leader of Majority, Mr. Ibrahim Sala Adamow, has requested Speaker Michael Justin Nkaduda to convene a special sitting to enable the list of nominees to be committed to the relevant committee of the assembly for consideration.

The assembly has been on recess since December 20, 2017 when it adjourned for the Christmas and New Year holidays and it is officially expected to resume on February 13, 2018.

In a letter to the Speaker dated Monday January 8, 2018 and received at the County Assembly registry the same day, Mr Adamow said he was exercising the mandate bestowed on him under the county assembly’s Standing Order number 27 (1).

The standing order states: Whenever during a session the House stands adjourned, whether or not a day has been appointed for the next meeting, the Speaker may on the request of the Leader of the Majority Party or the Leader of the Minority Party appoint a day for a special sitting of the House.

Speaker Nkaduda is now expected to appoint a day, which inside sources indicate could be any time between Tuesday this week and Thursday next week.

This is after the county assembly adjourned for the Christmas and New Year holidays before approving the governor’s new list of nominees, thus complicating matters.

The assembly’s decision to reject the entire list of nominees and the subsequent adjournment before considering the new one had not gone down well with the governor and his supporters, who thought the assembly was out to frustrate the new administration.

Just before Christmas, the governor urged the MCAs to sacrifice their personal interests and approve the nominees to enable him to start working as the absence of the CEC members was hampering service delivery.

And a week later, elders from various communities threatened to recall their MCAs for allegedly sabotaging the governor if they did not immediately reconvene and approve the list.

The governor’s nominees include Matthew Babwoya Buya (Finance and Economic Planning), Adhan Siyat Khalif (Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources), Mwanajuma Habwoka Mabuke (Health, Sanitation and Medical Services) and Khadija Harufa Algi (Public Service Management, Administration and ICT).

Others are Abass Kunyo Guyo (Education, Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services), Stephen Wachira Kariuki (Roads, Public Works, Housing and Urbanization) and Javan Bonaya (Lands, Physical Planning, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services).

The assembly rejected the first list of CEC nominees more than one month ago on the grounds that some of the nominees did not have the requisite academic qualifications and experience, there was lack of gender balance and that some had possible conflicts of interest.

Source: Kenya News Agency