MCA fined Sh 70,000, and suspended for gross misconduct

The County Assembly of Homa-Bay has suspended MCA for Kojwach ward, Joan Ogada for three months and fined him Sh. 70,000 over alleged gross-misconduct in the chambers.

Ogada has been suspended and fined on grounds that she allegedly caused chaos and broke the Assembly Mace in mid-January this year when the speaker convened a special sitting for ousting some committee chairpersons and their deputies.

The Assembly Committee on Powers and Privileges chaired by the speaker Elizabeth Ayoo which is responsible for investigating any matter of gross-misconduct by the MCA recommended that she be fined and suspended.

The report which was tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday by Philemon Onyango Onditi (MCA) for Kagan Ward under the chair of temporary speaker Ruth Ombura (Nominated MCA) was anonymously endorsed by the Members of the County Assembly to prevent Ogada from attending Assembly seating’s for three months.

Mrs. Ogada has expressed her dissatisfaction with the decision and vowed to challenge it in court for denying the voters of Kojwach Ward a representation in the Assembly.

Ogada argued that the Assembly Standing Orders No. 104 to 107 were not properly followed when the decision was being passed, adding that the Order spells out that the first attempt of any gross misconduct suspends the MCA for one sitting, second attempt-three sittings, third attempt-8 sittings and fourth attempt-28 sittings without fine.

She said that she will not allow any form of intimidation against her for standing firm on her role as county Assembly legislator and therefore appeals to her constituents to remain calm as the matter is addressed by her lawyers.

Source: Kenya News Agency