Speaker directs committee to present progress report on Ouko ouster in seven days

Speaker directs committee to present progress report on Ouko ouster in seven days
  • Parliament obeys court order on removal of auditor general Edward Ouko from office
  • Speaker Justin Muturi however says the finance committee is free to engage the auditor on any other matter apart from the petition

National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi has directed Finance Committee handling a petition on the removal of Auditor-General Edward Ouko from office to submit its progress report to the house within seven.

Muturi on Thursday 21, 2017 obeyed a court order stopping the petition against Auditor-General Edward Ouko.

The speaker however said parliament will appeal the court’s decision and have already instructed parliament advocates to appeal the decision.

Muturi yesterday criticised the court for the order saying it is an attempt to restrain parliament from doing its work.

“The Committee is hereby required to submit a Progress Report to the House, within seven (7) days from tomorrow, detailing the matters of the Petition as at the March 13th, 2017 for consideration by the House in accordance with the Standing Orders,” Muturi ruled.

READ ALSO:Auditor-General Edward Ouko moves to court a bid to block his ouster from office

“I have since instructed our Advocates on record to appeal against the court’s decision to injunct the House as this is the avenue available in law to express disagreement with judicial findings and also to give the Court an opportunity to hierarchically express itself on the question of separation of powers with finality,” Muturi said in his communication to the House yesterday.

Muturi said Court order does not in any way amount to a blanket restraining order against the National Assembly and all its committees on any other matters outside the specific Petition.

Petitioner Emmanuel Mwagambo is seeking Ouko’s sacking over claims of abuse of office, which includes queries into the purchase of a Sh100 million audit software among other accusations.

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