News highlights-March 1 2017 My ouster bid is a spiteful witch-hunt, Ouko tells MPs

News highlights-March 1 2017 My ouster bid is a spiteful witch-hunt, Ouko tells MPs

My ouster bid is a spiteful witch-hunt, Ouko tells MPs

Auditor General Edward Ouko wants the National Assembly to dismiss a petition seeking his removal from office, arguing it is malicious and a witch-hunt.

Ouko told the National Assembly Trade and Finance Committee which is looking into the petition in which he’s accused of gross misconduct, gross violation of the Constitution and failing to adhere to procurement rules in the purchase of an audit software, that the charges lack basis.

“It is unfortunate that the National Assembly has now been dragged into a malicious and sustained campaign by a group of individuals who have previously sought the removal of the respondent from office through various complaints and which, after inquiry by relevant investigative agencies, exonerated the respondent,” he stated through his lawyer Otiende Amollo.

READ ALSO: MPs clash at committee meeting seeking to oust Auditor General

Auditor General Edward Ouko (in blue tie) sits pensively with his lawyer Otiende Amollo as he follows proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance on February 28

Amollo said the speed in which the petition was transmitted from the Speaker’s office to the committee lent credence to the petition’s suspect intent.

Kenya Red Cross resumes operations in Baringo

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has resumed all of its humanitarian operations in Baringo County following a three-day suspension occasioned by the looting of relief food and harassment of KRCS personnel on 24 February 2017 in Moinin, Loruk.

The decision was arrived at in a stakeholder consultation meeting held Tuesday in Kabarnet between the Baringo County government,      the KRCS, the national government council  of  elders and Baringo professionals.

“We have had a fruitful stakeholder meeting and have been assured of the safety of our personnel and resources. As a result, the Kenya Red Cross Society will resume all its humanitarian activities in Baringo County with  immediate  effect,” said  Dr. Abbas   Gullet, Secretary General.

READ ALSO: State beef up security in Baringo as leaders urged to preach peace

Speaking on behalf of the county government, Governor Benjamin Cheboi  thanked KRCS for its concerns over Baringo County. “Acts of  lawlessness have caused  untold suffering to residents. I commit my life to ensure banditry ends in Baringo. We appreciate the Kenya Red Cross Society and we all should seek opportunities to help those in distress,”said governor Cheboi.

The drought situation is expected to escalate if effective measures are not put in place. PHOTO: Capital FM

 

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