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Embattled Kisumu County Speaker Anne Adul files contempt orders against MCAs

By Rushdie Oudia | November 12th 2014

Embattled Assembly Speaker Anne Adul yesterday said she will today move to court to file contempt charges against three Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) and three other assembly staff who blocked her from reconvening sittings.

Attempts by the Speaker to preside over House sittings yesterday were thwarted by the MCAs immediately she alighted from her car outside the House chambers.

After the fiasco, Ms Adul said she will seek to have the Acting Speaker Gabriel Ochieng charged with contempt of court for continuing with the assembly proceedings yet the court had ordered that she remains the Speaker.

Frustrated Adul

Adul also wants action taken against the Manyatta B Ward Representative Nereah Okombo for allegedly marshaling nominated members to accost her. She also wants Majority Leader Samuel Ong'ow, whom she accuses of frustrating her efforts to resume duty, charged.

Others she accuses of acting in contempt are the Acting Assembly Clerk Owen Ojuok, Finance Officer Ocholla Onyango, who is currently the second signatory to the assembly account and his assistant Nicholas Okolla.

The embattled Speaker was was speaking after the MCAs barred her from reconvening  sittings. Despite her effort to access the House hit a snag, she vowed to continue with her job pursuant to a Kenya Gazette Notice released last Friday.

The notice, signed by Adul read in part, "Pursuant to the Interim Assembly Standing Orders 24(4), the County Assembly of Kisumu hereby gives notice to the members and the general public that it will resume its regular sessions on Tuesday, November 11, starting at 2.30pm at the County Assembly Chambers."

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