Heated exchange ensues Finance committee on Ouko’s ouster petition

Auditor-General Edward Ouko. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Heated exchange of words ensued among Finance, Trade and Planning Committee for the better part of Tuesday morning, after Emmanuel Mwagonah ,a petitioner seeking auditor general removal from office; accusing him of corruption and misconduct appeared before the committee.

Before the committee led by Ainamoi Member of Parliament Benjamin Lagat,  Mwagonah alleged that Auditor-General Edward Ouko should be removed from office for failing to submit reports since 2013,he also accused Ouko of using sh. 100 million for IFMIS whose rates were sh. 18 million.

In his petition, he further accused him of wastage of public resources by travelling abroad severally using public money on private tours and procuring offices in Mombasa worth sh. 10 million which were never in use in the year 2013.

Heated exchange of words started when Cord allied MPs including Nyando legislator Fred Outta ,Matungulu legislator Stephen Mule and Mvita member of parliament Abdul Swamad Shariff who demanded Mwagonah to table evidence linking Ouko’s misconduct .

The pressure between the Jubilee and Cord MPs prompted Lagat to order Mwagonah to table his evidence before the committee to ascertain authenticity of his allegations.

Appearing before the committee Ouko dispelled Mwagonah’s petition saying he is aimed at tarnishing his name.

According to Mr Ouko, the petition would have been reviewed for sufficiency and legality by the clerk and subjected to an advisory committee.