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Samwel Onuko Boochi Borabu MCA , who presided over the impeachment of Kombo said Justice Stephen Radido had on April 28 referred a petition the Speaker filed to challenge his removal to the House and on May 26, he was allegedly impeached by 47 MCAs against 21. [Photo Brighton Makori]

By Brighton Makori.

Kisii Kenya 08 June 2021 ……………Tension is still high at Kisii County Assembly after the house failed to resume its proceedings on Tuesday as a faction of members against County Assembly Speaker, David Kombo over his impeachment and those in support were ejected by the police forcing them to leave the premises .

During this fracas three MCA were injured after security officers ejected them from the Assembly as they were planning to hold a session despite a row pitting them against County Assembly Speaker, David Kombo over his impeachment.

Speaking to Gusii star led by Sensi Ward Representative Paul Angwenyi said that they were were planning to conduct elections for the Speaker when police raided the Assembly lobbed tear gas, dispersed and injured their colleagues, adding it was a sad day for the House.

The MCAs- James Anunda alias Riyenga, Masimba Ward, Amos Onderi, Bokimonge and Margaret Atina, nominated suffered injuries and were treated at Oasis Health Specialist Hospital

Angwenyi allegedly that a police officer told them he was under instructions to beat them, stressing the infiltration of government institutions was an assault to democracy as he calls the Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’I to order police officers to stop interfering with government Institutions mandated to serve people.

Sensi Ward Representative Paul Angwenyi

According to him the MCAs wanted to discuss the budget but the Mace was not available, adding it was hampering their work and appealed to Matiang’I to remove the officers from the assembly to allow the MCAs do their work peacefully.

Samwel Onuko Boochi Borabu MCA , who presided over the impeachment of Kombo said Justice Stephen Radido had on April 28 referred a petition the Speaker filed to challenge his removal to the House and on May 26, he was allegedly impeached by 47 MCAs against 21.

 “ The Speaker was impeached and it stands” Onuko, told the Gusii star at the hospital.

Deputy Speaker Davins Onuso said it was a day for people of Kisii county assembly, claiming that the Speaker wanted to bring down the Assembly so that he can say it is not governable.

The Deputy Speaker said the MCAs will do what they can to bring sanity at the Assembly and implored Matiang’I to restrain security officers from interfering with the Assembly’s leaders.

In a rejoinder, Minority Chief Whip, Zablon Mokua Bassi Central Ward Representative, said the Speaker had obtained orders restraining anybody from impeaching him which also nullified his degazetment.

He said Orders, given by Justice Roselyne Ougo were still in force unless they were appealed against, agreed by consent or set aside by the court.

Mokua Insisted that Kombo is the Substantive speaker of the Kisii County Assembly and any purported election of Speaker or intended cannot hold water

a section of MCA supporting Kombo.

Mokua and other MCA who are in support of Kombo said the constitution advocates negotiation as alternative mechanisms to resolve the matter to avoid costly and prolonged court processes.

James Ondari, Deputy Minority leader said the seven- month wrangles to impeach the Speaker have affected their work, MCAs are fighting for their selfish interest at the expense of development adding that they have not reviewed last year’s budget only wasting time which will affect them and the budget process for 2021/22

Addressing the Press at Kisii sports Club he urged MCAs who are against the Speaker to stop dragging the name of Matiang’I and Governor James Ongwae into the matter, saying the two have nothing to do with the wrangles at the Assembly.

KIogoro MCA , Samuel Apoko, chairman of the Assembly’s Welfare and Kisii central Kefa Mogaka, supported Ondari’s sentiments, saying the Speaker had a right to defend himself and security officers were maintaining law and order at the assembly.

Mogaka urged Governor Ongwae to intervene and reconcile Kombo and Assembly Clerk, James Nyaoga to enhance peace and the assembly’s work.

Evans Mokoro, Moticho Ward representative said Kombo was the only one with a top county seat from south Mugirango constituency, stressing they will not allow him to lose the seat and be taken elsewhere.

He also appealed to Ongwae to intervene and resolve the conflict at the Assembly, which, he noted, was about the MCA’s selfish interest and not development