Kenya: Kisumu Court Upholds Speaker Oloo's Impeachment, Orders Him to Surrender County Assets

10 December 2019

Kisumu — The High Court in Kisumu upheld the impeachment of County Assembly Speaker Onyango Oloo, ordering him to surrender assets including cars assigned to him by the County Assembly Service Board.

Oloo's was impeached on September 19 in a controversial vote that saw the number of votes exceed the number of lawmakers in the Assembly by nine.

The county assembly elected Elisha Oraro the Acting Assembly Speaker following Oloo's impeachment.

Among the allegations leveled against Speaker Oloo during the impeachment vote included failing to conduct house proceedings in a free, fair, objective and impartial manner, failure to allow executive Bills to be debated and being subject of an active corruption investigation.

Oloo is among 27 current and former officials of the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) facing graft-related charges over the irregular procurement in a mall construction project whose cost Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said was inflated.

The former Chairperson of Lake Basin Development Authority is said to have received aSh17 million bribe to allow the inflation of the tender for the construction of the mall from an initial figure of Sh2.5 billion to Sh4.1 billion.

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