Drama as MPs panel seek to oust chairperson

There was drama in the National Assembly as Health Committee members jostled and nearly fought each other following disagreement on the procedure to oust their chairperson and her Deputy.

More than 22 MPs have allegedly signed a vote of no confidence against Kitui South MP Racheal Nyamai who chairs the committee alongside her deputy Robert Pukose (Endebess).

Drama started shortly after National Aids Control Council (NACC) Nduku Kilonzo who had appeared before the committee to shed light on the council alleged involvement in the recent reported misappropriation of Sh5 billion from Afya House.

It began with Nyando MP Fred Outa rising on a point order seeking to have the NACC boss step out and allow the committee to discuss ‘house-keeping matters’.

“Madam Chair, I would want to seek your indulgence and allow us to discuss some sensitive house-keeping matters,” Outa said.

It is at this point that the Nyando MP informed the committee, that an aborted meeting cancelled by the chair last Thursday recommended her ouster for alleged misconduct.

Mrs Nyamai and her deputy are accused by members of alleged cover up in the probe of the Sh5 billion reported to have been misappropriated from the Health Ministry.

“I want the custodian of our signatures to table the list where we appended our signatures on Thursday,” Outa told Laikipia West MP Dr. Wachira Karani.

But Dr Karani, after moments of consultation, told the chair that he did not attend the meeting and neither appended his signature as Mr Outa claimed.

But an angry Outa rejected the claims urging his colleague not to be cowed even as the arguments degenerated into a Cord vs Jubilee tussle.

“Dr Wachira has raised enough signatures to remove our chair. Please bring forth the list before the committee,” Outa demanded.

Kathiani MP Robert Mbui informed the committee that it was indeed true that a section of the members held an informal meetings on Thursday and resolved to kick out the chair.

Dr Pukose then called for order as informed members that there were procedural flaws which the members had not followed when they convened the informal meeting.

“I think here we are dealing with misunderstanding of law, our standing orders and the constitution has being violated,” he said.

He maintained that parliament was a house of rules and the law had to be followed if they were to be kicked out as committee leaders.

There was also some altercation between Mrs Nyamai and Mr Mbui as the latter accused the former of bringing Ukambani politics to the committee.

“Don’t bring Ukambani politics here,” Dr. Nyamai told the Kathiani MP.

Sources have told X news that, over the weekend, Jubilee MPs met Jubilee leadership in the National Assembly and resolved to shelve the matter as it would wreck the party.

X news has also learnt that the disgruntled members of the committee are not satisfied with the work and conduct of the chair and her deputy both of whom are accused of protecting Jubilee party interests.

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