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Senators furious with report on Mwangi Wa Iria

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By Moses Njagih and Roselyne Obala | Nov 8th 2015 | 1 min read

NAIROBI: The decision by the Special Senate Committee to exonerate Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria of all charges levelled against him by the county assembly has caused uproar in the Senate.

Senators have poked holes on the report, saying it was substandard and done in a rush.

The legislators questioned why all the charges, which boarded on Chapter Six of the Constitution and breach of subsidiary legislation, were not upheld by the 11-member committee.

The Standard on Sunday has also established there are claims that money exchanged hands as some senators faulted their colleagues for a shoddy job.

They now want amendments made to the County Governments Act and the Standing Orders to enable the House have the final say on the impeachment process after the committee is done with its report.

“The general mood in the House was obvious, senators disagreed with the committee’s findings.

“There were serious breaches of the law.

“Thirteen issues of laws cited cumulatively met the threshold on impeachment,” argued Senator Hassan Omar (Mombasa).

He said the committee chaired by Kitui Senator David Musila sits as a quasi-judicial court and should have done a thorough job.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet), Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Elizabeth Ongoro (Nominated), Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) and George Khaniri (Vihiga) also registered their dissatisfaction.

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