In Summary
  • The petitioners claim the ward rep cannot sufficiently represent them in the county assembly.

  • The petitioners claim in their petition that Mr Akuno is a frequent absentee during assembly plenary sittings.

  • Mr Akuno has since dismissed the allegations of fraudulently receiving allowances.   

Five residents of West Asembo Ward have petitioned Siaya County Assembly Speaker George Okode to initiate the process of removing their MCA whom they claim lives in Germany.

The petitioners claim Mr Ambrose Auma Akuno cannot affectively represent them in the county assembly.

Mr Bernard Genga, Charles Omondi Simbe, Bernard Akumu Abidha, Peter Omedo Ambere and MsLilian Omondi Jametho, in a petition to the speaker dated September 2, 2019, wants the seat currently held by Mr Akuno declared vacant.  

REMOVE WARD REP

The voters want the Speaker to invoke Article 194 (1b) of the Constitution to remove the ward rep.

The petitioners say Mr Akuno was elected to represent them and perform his duties in line with all provisions governing the roles of MCAs and the county assembly standing orders which they argue he has violated.

The petition seen by Nation reads in part: “Representing us implies attending the assembly plenary sessions and defending our interests on the floor of the House on a case by case basis."

The petitioners claim in their petition that Mr Akuno is always absent during assembly plenary sittings.

In the petition received by the assembly on Monday, the residents provide the various dates between February 13 and April 25, 2019 as some of the days the MCA allegedly skipped the house business.

They claim that lack of representation was detrimental to the voters of West Asembo Ward and has resulted in the residents missing out on budgetary consideration and other benefits that would accrue to them if they had a committed representative.

PLENARY SESSIONS

The five voters allege that they have unsuccessfully tried to reach Mr Akuno.

“As a law maker, he knows what is expected of him as far as attending the assembly plenary sessions are concerned, the benefits of doing so and consequences of being habitual absentee," the petition further reads.

They assert that as prejudiced residents and voters of West Asembo Ward, they are faulting the office of the Speaker for failing to do its work as required by law and allowing the MCA to continue holding office even when he has been absent for more than the statutory period allowed by law.

The law requires that the members of the assembly should not miss eight consecutive sittings without written permission from the Speaker. 

Speaking to Nation on Monday, Mr Akuno blamed his opponents during the 2017 elections for his woes.

Mr Akuno said that each time he visits his family in Germany, he always gets permission from the Siaya County Assembly Speaker.   

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