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Governor Mutua survives ouster as Assembly fails on quorum

A motion to impeach Machakos Governor, Dr Alfred Mutua, flopped after it failed to meet the required threshold.

All the 26 members present at the Machakos County Assembly and who were pushing for the impeachment of Governor Mutua voted in support of the motion but the absence of 33 other MCAs meant they could not meet the threshold of 40 out of 59 MCAs required to pass a vote.

The motion had been moved by Ndalani MCA, Stephen Muthuka, and sought to impeach the Governor for allegedly misusing public funds.

On Tuesday, November 22, Muthuka had claimed that Mutua had resorted to diversion tactics by sponsoring some MCAs to trips to Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda as a means to prevent the motion from passing.

Evidently, several seats remained unoccupied during the session.

Among the projects that have elicited controversy include the Maruba Dam project that cost the county Ksh 89 million, over Ksh 100 million Danida funds, and the source of the money running Maendeleo Chap Chap affairs.

ODM Chair wants Murkomen, Farouk summoned over Sh1.6bn NYS fraud

Suba MP John Mbadi has petitioned Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nicholas Gumbo to summon Senate Deputy Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Deputy President William Ruto aide, Farouk Kibet for questioning over Sh1.6 billion National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

The ODM chairman, who is also a member of the powerful House watchdog committee on public expenditure, said he wants Murkomen to appear before the team because he has resulted ‘to address the matter through media and thereby causing more confusion and raising more concerns that require deeper integration.’

The MP this comes after the Committee had resolved to allow the two, who were adversely mentioned by witnesses in connection with receipt of funds linked to the saga, to make written submission regarding the businesses they transacted with NYS which fraud was discovered through Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) platform.

“Press releases do not accord the public a chance to ask question. We are rightly called a watchdog committee. We would be abdicating responsibility if we fail to ask question on behalf of the public,” said the Suba MP who is also a PAC member.

Gumbo had ruled that the Committee will only invite the two individuals over the NYS scandal if their submissions will be unsatisfying.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Murkomen said the law firm received the funds in its clients account on behalf of Out of the Box Solutions.

Cherie Blair to partner with First Lady in Beyond Zero initiative

Former British Prime Minister spouse, Cherie Blair, has expressed her interest to partner with the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in achieving the dream of constructing a model referral hospital.

The construction of the hospital, under the First Lady’s Beyond Zero initiative, which is expected to start in the next phase, will be an all-inclusive facility with more focus on maternal and child healthcare.

Mrs. Blair described the First Lady as a practical person who needs support from well-wishers to accomplish her goal of putting up the hospital at a more cost effective manner.

She presented the First Lady with innovative ideas of designing a hospital aimed at providing vital services to the people who need them and recommended the engagement of International Hospitals Group (IGH).

She said the group which is known for its objective and personalised approach to each healthcare project would be able to facilitate the First Lady in putting up a modern facility with all the requirements.

Mrs. Blair is in the country courtesy of Safaricom Company with which she has partnered with in a mentorship programme aimed at empowering women.



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