Wamalwa risks censure motion over irrigation board manager suspension

Wamalwa risks censure motion over irrigation board manager suspension

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Mr Eugene Wamalwa appearing before the parliamentary vetting committee on June 9, 2015. FILE/PHOTO.

Nairobi, KENYA: Water and irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa risks a censure motion as a section of legislators differed sharply on reinstatement of National Irrigation Board General manager Daniel Baraza after he was suspended by the board of directors.

In a press briefing at parliamentary buildings led by Nandi Hills legislator Alfred Keter the mps accuse Wamalwa of reinstating Barasa saying that Wamalwa took such a move after he was compromised which is against state corporations’ act.

The legislators on Tuesday demand Wamalwa to rescind that decision or else they will initiate a censure motion over misconduct .

“This action goes against the spirit of fighting corruption ,we call ethics and Anti-corruption commission and auditor general office to speed up investigations of the projects undertaken by national irrigation board ,the CS Eugene Wamalwa if is going to insist in using unconstitutional ways to reinstate the general manager then we will prepare an impeachment motion to impeach the CS himself.”Keter said.

“We are urging the cs to rescind his decision of dealing with matters of the board, has been dragged to this matter it seems he has been compromised .”Turkana north member of parliament Christopher Nakuleu said.

In another twist a section of legislators from western Kenya led by Mumias East legislator Benjamin Washiali and Lugari legislator Ayub  Savuli accused the board of suspending Baraza unprocedurally.

The MPs who are allied to Jubilee coalition from the area put the Jubilee administration on notice of what they term as a trend targeting top government officials from the area by removing them from their positions.

“For this case of Baraza a meeting that was convened was a meeting that was supposed to ordinarily discuss development affairs of NIB but it was converted to other issues by people special interests .”Savula said

Keter however  accused the legislators of making the issue tribal insisting that those who are involved with corruption must be investigated.

He urged relevant authorities to move with speed and investigate Corruption allegations leveled against  Daniel Baraza (General manager), Mary Chomber (Deputy General manager) and Boaz Akello
(procurement and supplies manager) who were sent packing on Thursday.

They were all suspended for six months as investigations are launched.

The board resolved to invite the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Auditor General and the Efficiency Monitoring Unit to aid in the investigations.

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