ODM Withdraws Its Members From Nairobi County Assembly Watchdog Committee

ODM Party has withdrawn all its members from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) at the Nairobi County Assembly accusing Jubilee leaders of meddling into the committee affairs.

In the letter to the office of the speaker, Minority Whip Peter Imwatok has cited intimidation and coercion by the Jubilee Party to remove current Chairman Wilfred Oluoch without knowledge of opposition leadership.

‘‘It has come to my attention and that of Minority House Leadership that the members of the Public Accounts Committee have been intimidating and coercing other members in the purported removal of current chairperson Wilfred Odalo to which it is the preserve of the Minority Leadership to nominate who qualified to be a member of any select committee,’’ the letter states.

‘‘I regrettably invoke the standing order number 168 [1] and discharge the following Hon. Members from serving as the members of the Public Accounts Committee; Hon Wilfred Oluoch, Hon Moses Ogeto, Hon Clarennce Munga, Hon Maurice Ochieng, Hon Anne Caterine, Hon Rose Ogonda, Hon Lawrence Otieno, Hon Peter Imwatok, Hon Jared Okode, Hon. Joan Muasya, Hon Osman Khalif, Hon Rosemary Masitsa,’’ it continues.

Minority leader Michael Ogada has also warned those who have started collecting signatures for the removal of Peter Imwatok as minority whip saying it is not the party’s position.

‘‘You see that’s not party position, those things have not been sanctioned by the party they are doing them against the party,’’ Ogada told Ghetto Radio news

As it stands the County Assembly of Nairobi will have to stay without an oversight committee until the wrangles are settle.

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