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MPs vote to save Gedi from House reprimand

NAIROBI
By Moses Njagih | November 22nd 2019

MPs yesterday rejected a report that recommended the censure of Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi (pictured).

The report prepared by Parliament's disciplinary committee found that Ms Gedi (pictured) had dishonoured the House by leaking confidential information.

Gedi was accused of leaking to the media a letter from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) requesting the House to produce four MPs alleged to be behind the creation of a sex tape to appear for grilling.

The powerful committee had concluded that Gedi cted in contravention of the Powers and Privileges Act.

MPs, however, rallied to save their own by voting unanimously against the report that had recommended action against Gedi.

The committee is chaired by Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi.

As soon as MPs voted through acclamation to save Gedi, Muturi urged the House to consider amending the Powers and Privileges Act that places the Speaker as Chair of the committee.

He argued that the position placed him at an awkward position since he was expected to moderate a debate on a report whose contents he was privy to.

“Pending the amendment, I request that no other complaint be lodged. If any member acts in a manner that requires the interventions of the committee, you could consider reporting the matter to the police,” said Muturi.

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