In Summary
  • Trouble started when Speaker Kairu ruled that the members vote via a secret ballot.

  • The ruling ignited a shouting match in the House.

An impeachment motion against embattled Nakuru County executive for Infrastructure Lucy Wanjiku Kariuki was adjourned on Thursday after a disagreement on voting method.

However, Ms Kariuki is not out of the woods yet as the motion will continue on the floor of the House on July 16.

Following chaos in the House, Speaker Joel Maina Kairu was forced to invoke standing order 110 (1) to adjourn the motion to next week.

The standing order reads in part: “In the event of grave disorder arising in the assembly, the Speaker may adjourn the Assembly forthwith or suspend any sitting for a period to be determined by him or her.”

SECRET BALLOT

Trouble started when Speaker Kairu, who incidentally survived an impeachment motion last year, ruled that the members vote via a secret ballot.

“I faced an impeachment motion last year and you members exercised your democratic rights through secret ballot, therefore the secret balloting is the fairest method to determine the outcome of this motion,” ruled Mr Kairu.

However, this ruling did not go down well with a section of the MCAs who were keen to send Ms Kariuki home.

The ruling ignited a shouting match in the house, throwing the motion by an ad-hoc committee chaired by Kaptembwo Ward Rep Peter Mwamba Kajwang into total confusion.

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