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Speaker Magelo now denies ‘summoning’ Kidero on impeachment motion

By MAUREEN KAKAH November 8th, 2016 1 min read

Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo has refuted claims that summons had been issued to impeach Governor Evans Kidero.

In case documents filed in court, Mr Magelo claims that the governor has never been summoned and was merely notified about the motion against him.

He claimed that Dr Kidero had just been invited to appear before the Assembly so that he could be accorded an opportunity to respond to allegations raised against him in the motion.

While seeking that temporary orders issued on October 10 stopping Dr Kidero’s impeachment be set aside, he accused him of misleading the court.

“He misdirected the court that the alleged summons issued in contemplation of impeachment proceedings violated his right to a fair hearing while, in fact, no summons were ever issued to him,” Mr Magelo said.

Dr Kidero was to appear before the Assembly on October 11 to respond to allegations based on the Auditor-General’s report for the Financial Year 2013/2014, violations of the public finance management, abuse of office and scuffles between him and unnamed representatives of his county government.

He was also to be questioned on the county’s debt, which has risen from Sh12 billion to Sh42 billion.

The motion was sponsored by Viwandani MCA Samuel Nyangwara, who argued that failure to disclose the debts had resulted in gross misconduct on the part of the governor.

The ward rep accused the governor of flouting procurement laws and acting contrary to the Constitution as well as the Public Finance Management Act.

However, Dr Kidero got a reprieve a day before the motion was debated, when the court stopped the alleged summons. Justice Roselyne Aburili also temporarily halted his impeding impeachment.