The Star (Nairobi)

1 May 2014

Kenya: Baringo MCAs Reject Motion to Sack Cheboi

At last 34 members of the Baringo county assembly yesterday rejected the impeachment motion against Governor Benjamin Cheboi due to lack of "sufficient facts".

Majority leader Elijah Toroitich termed the notice of motion fake as it did not follow the proper procedure.

He said the notice was moved in the assembly by a few MCAs from Tiaty and Marigat subcounties who were motivated by their "own interests" against the governor.

"We love Governor Cheboi and the way he is performing his duties in the county. The threat was only meant to awaken him but not to send him packing," Toroitich said.

The notice was brought to the assembly by Churo-Amaya ward representative Thomas Minito.

Minito wanted the governor impeached for laxity and failure to observe regional balancing while distributing the county resources. Deputy majority leader Joseph Makilap told off minority leader Wesley Lekakimon and Minito for coming up with a motion that was "half-baked and lacking proper information against the governor".

"These MCAs were just acting carelessly without following the legal procedures. They were only after getting quick money," Makilap said.

He called on speaker William Kamket to sound a warning to the MCAs who "blow things out of proportion in the peaceful and vibrantly working" county government.

Bartababwa ward representative Reuben Chepsongol told off the sponsors of the motion saying they are "missing in action" even in their own wards.

"If someone is saying another person is failing his duties, can he first of all raise to tell us what he has done to the people in his own ward," Chepsongol said.

Deputy speaker Douglas Kiplimo, MCAs James Cheptoo (Ossen-Kabartinjo ward), Cyrus Kibii (Lembus), Vincent Kiror (Saimo Kipsaraman), Richard Kampala (Saimo-Sibilo), Jacob Ceboiwo (Kisanana) and Richard Kitilit (Ewalel Chap Chap) opposed the motion.

However, Lekakimon said 14 members support the mtoiton and they will look for numbers until they impeach the governor.

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