Nairobi, KENYA:Senate speaker Ken Lusaka has asked all the chairpersons of the various senate committees not to participate in committee sessions where they may have a stake on the issues being discussed.
Speaking when he officially opened a half-day Joint Induction Workshop for Senate Committees on Wednesday, Lusaka said that when a matter before a committee touches on the chairperson,then the chair should declare conflict of interest.
Lusaka said that such scenarios might influence the out come of the the committee reports which flouts parliamentary standing orders.
“Remember when you have conflict of interest,when you are sitting you may have the rate of interest in a meeting you are chairing one might feel that the outcome can not be fair.”Lusaka said.
The issue of conflict of interests degenerated heated debate for the past one week when ICT chair who is also Baringo senator Gideon Moi was chairing the ICT committee on media shutdown after it emerged that he is a share holder of Standard Group.
Majority leader of the National Assembly Aden Dualle has also asked Moi to consider leaving his role as chairman of the Senate ICT committee on the media shutdown to avoid conflict of interest.