Nandi Governor, MCAs form parallel probe teams

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang at a past press conference (Standard)
Ward reps have formed a committee to investigate suspected corruption in Governor Stephen Sang's administration.

During a stormy session yesterday, the ward reps questioned the credibility of another committee formed by the governor to probe allegations of corruption.

Two weeks ago, Mr Sang suspended 16 county employees to pave way for investigation on theft of construction materials, and formed a committee to spearhead the probe.

But ward reps have now formed a parallel committee, which they said would independently investigate claims of corruption in line with the county assembly’s oversight role.

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The decision to form the committee was backed by, among others, Deputy Speaker Wilson Sang, ward reps Emmanuel Mengich, Jackson Swadi, Osbon Komen, Eliud Kirongo, Kemboi, Teresa Maiyo and Pius Murrey.

“It is the wish of the electorate and the county assembly to have an independent committee to probe the allegations and come up with an impartial report,” said Kapsabet Town ward rep, Fred Kipkemboi.

The ward reps poked holes in the governor’s committee, claiming that junior officials were among those picked to investigate their seniors.

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They also claimed that some of the suspended staff were close political allies of the governor.

“It was the assembly that vetted and recommended the appointment of the suspended staff. When it comes to a probe, it is the assembly that should take up the role,” said Mr Kipkemboi.

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During the debate, the ward reps said grand corruption had slowed down service delivery in the county for years.

"No individual should be protected in the fight against corruption," said Chemundu ward rep Robert Kirwa.

Deputy Speaker Wilson Sang said the nine members of the probe team are drawn from education, budget and appropriation, transport and infrastructure as well as implementation committees.

Speaker Joshua Kiptoo directed the committee to carry out investigations and table its findings before the assembly within 30 days. The speaker further directed that the committee's forums should be open to the public to ensure transparency.

Mr Kiptoo said county residents expected the assembly to ensure justice prevails and action taken against those who abuse their offices and misuse public resources.

Sang has promised that his administration will co-operate with all agencies investigating corruption.

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