National Assembly Lands Committee Chairman Alex Mwiru's date with destiny as committee votes today
| Nov 25th 2014 | 2 min read
Embattled National Assembly Lands Committee Chairman Alex Mwiru will know his fate today as committee members vote to either eject or retain him.
Mr Mwiru will fight to clear his name from accusations levelled against him by the committee a fortnight ago when 24 out of 29 members signed a petition to kick him out.
The members will then vote on whether to adopt the resolution of no confidence against their boss or shoot it down.
Committee members blamed Mwiru for Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu's failure to appear before them twice in a week.
The notice was signed on November 14 by 24 out of 29 members led by Vice Chairman Moses ole Sakuda.
Others who signed were Kimani Ngunjiri, John Kihagi, Raymond Moi, Benson Mbai, Francis Nderitu, Eusillah Ngeny, Bernard Bett, Sarah Korere, Hellen Chepkwony, Esther Murugi, Gideon Mung'aro, Suleiman Ndori, Paul Otwoma, Oyugi Magwanga, Patrik Makau, George Oner, KigoNjenga, Julius Ndegwa, Kanini Kega, Mathew Lempurkel, Francis Mwadegu, Oscar Sudi and Shakila Abdallah.
Yesterday, Mwiru said his conscience was clear and there was no wrong doing on his side.
"The right procedure has been used and I will tomorrow (today) appear before my colleagues to explain my case. I am not worried at all," he told The Standard by phone.
Mr Sakuda said the committee would deliberate and if the motion was adopted, the Liaison Committee would be notified to call for a fresh election at a later date. However, there were fears that some members had since changed their mind following intense lobbying from Mwiru's United Republican Party.
"We have heard unconfirmed reports that some of our colleagues have since backtracked and others are still on course. However, we will establish that tomorrow (today)," Sakuda said.
Mwiru is accused of sabotaging the ongoing investigations into the ownership of the controversial Sh8 billion Karen land by allegedly shielding Ngilu.
Committee members also accuse him of failing to offer leadership in engaging and resolving land matters. Mwiru was also accused of failing to inform the committee of a decision to postpone meetings as agreed between him and the Cabinet Secretary or House leadership, thereby setting the committee on a collision course with the two.
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