Thursday, May 23, 2024

Jack Wamboka storms out in dramatic closure of Linturi’s impeachment hearings

Bumula MP Jack Wamboka. He vowed to hunt different methods of getting Mithika Linturi out of workplace. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Because the curtains fell on the protracted ouster trial of Agriculture Cupboard Secretary Mithika Linturi on Friday, the burden of figuring out his destiny was transferred to the Home. 

The 11-member choose committee has now retreated for report writing and is predicted to desk it along with its verdict on the ground of the Home for debate throughout a particular sitting on Monday.

Through the sitting, MPs will consider the observations made by the committee by the use of submissions and determine on whether or not to let Linturi off the hook or condemn him to political oblivion by sanctioning his ouster.

“We’ve got set priority on the best way to conduct the elimination course of. As a committee, we created the foundations of process which weren’t in place beforehand. We will analyse every piece of proof introduced by the events and make our findings throughout the stipulated timeframe,” mentioned committee chair and Marsabit Lady Rep Naomi Waqo.

However because the three-day course of got here to an finish on Friday, claims of an already predetermined verdict rocked the proceedings with the mover of the movement, Bumula MP Jack Wamboka, alleging a plot by the committee to save lots of Linturi from the guillotine.

Shortly after making his closing assertion, Wamboka stormed out of the chambers asserting that the committee’s voting strains have been “clear” given the rulings it had already made in the course of the trial.

“I don’t see the necessity for me being right here. Voting strains are so clear particularly on the rulings you made on this movement. I had given and dedicated myself to this committee till the 2 rulings have been made. We are going to go away you to determine for Kenyans,” exclaimed Wamboka.

“No matter end result this committee makes, we are going to emerge victorious and it’ll hang-out folks. Farmers are crying, the place does the duty fall?” posed Wamboka.

The legislator additionally insinuated that ought to the committee select to save lots of Linturi from ouster, he would search different methods of getting him out of workplace.

“There are such a lot of methods of killing a rat. Some would use Rat and Rat, some will burn the home. However I might sit on the rat and it could die. There are such a lot of methods on this, one is the choose committee, however we might be continuing forward with this,” mentioned Wamboka.

“We’re very decided to make sure justice for the Kenyan farmer. Mithika Linturi should go for taking part in a task within the procurement of substandard fertiliser. Mithika should go,” he added.

Prosecuting Counsel Woman Asha, who was performing on behalf of Wamboka, urged the committee to not politicise the matter and guarantee justice for the farmers.

“Farmers are ready to see what the committee will do because the legislation may be very clear. We don’t care who’s the CS. Our problem is that we need to see what you’re doing for Kenyans.  I urge the committee to not flip a blind eye and interpret this as a political scenario,” she submitted.

She added: “If we don’t uphold the rule of legislation, we are going to change into a banana republic. The legislation must be enforced in any other case we might be taking the flawed trajectory.”


Wamboka’s frustrations seemingly emanated from an earlier determination by the committee to not enable his request to summon and cross-examine Agriculture Principal Secretary Paul Ronoh and KEL Chemical substances Chief Working Officer Devesh Patel, who he had argued have been essential witnesses in his movement.

The MP had made the applying originally of the trial on Wednesday and was eager on increasing his checklist of witnesses to eight however the committee resolved to decide on whether or not to summon the PS and COO earlier than conclusion of the method.

Wamboka’s fears have been additionally compounded by the truth that in the course of the debate on the movement on whether or not to question Linturi on the ground of the Home, a majority of the members who now represent the Choose committee voted to save lots of him.

In line with the Nationwide Meeting’s voting document, Waqo, Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South), George Murungara (Tharaka), Moses Malulu Injendi (Malava), Njeri Maina (Kirinyaga Lady Rep) and Kassim Tandaza (Matuga), all voted to save lots of the CS from impeachment.

Those that voted to have him ousted embrace Robert Mbui (Kathiani), T. J. Kajwang (Ruaraka) and Catherine Omanyo (Busia Lady Rep). One member Yusuf Farah (Wajir West) was not within the Home throughout voting.

And in the course of the morning sitting on Friday, the Waqo-led committee voted to not enable the admission of latest witnesses by Wamboka.

They, nevertheless, didn’t give any rationalization for rejecting the bid.  

“This committee retreated and took a vote on whether or not to summon PS Ronoh and KEL COO Mr. Patel. They have been two totally different votes. On whether or not to summon the PS solely Hon. Robert Mbui and Hon. Kassim Tandaza voted in favour whereas the remainder have been in opposition to it. On whether or not to summon Mr Patel, solely Hon. T.J Kajwang and Hon. Catherine Omanyo voted in favour. The bulk could have their method,” said Waqo.

When it was Linturi’s flip to make the closing statements, his lawyer Muthomi Thionkolu insisted that the CS had no function within the procurement of the pretend fertiliser.

He reiterated that his aspect had sufficiently confirmed that the CS was neither the accounting officer in his ministry nor on the Nationwide Produce and Cereals Board (NCPB) and urged them to take this under consideration when making their verdict.

He tried to water down the prosecution’s argument that Linturi ought to resign based mostly on his now, allegedly, tainted picture – due to his involvement within the pretend fertiliser scandal.

Merciless joke

“You can not impeach somebody based mostly on notion. Even when we have been to imagine that Linturi is the dual brother of Lucifer, we can not ignore the legislation. We should give him justice,” said Thionkolu.

He added, “This movement has trivialised an necessary constitutional framework. We’ve got been handled to a merciless joke by the mover of the movement who invoked the impeachment clause in probably the most trivial method.”

Linturi, by means of his lawyer, additionally refuted allegations by the prosecution that he had turned the trial right into a love affair listening to to achieve sympathy from the general public.

“It’s not us who introduced the problem of affection earlier than this committee. It was executed by the mover of the movement and we needed to tackle it,” he submitted.

Additional, Thionkolu criticised all of the six farmers and two specialists who appeared earlier than the committee, saying their shows weren’t credible and shouldn’t be thought of as proof by the Home workforce.

“A few of these witnesses had not learn the movement, others didn’t know that their submission can be used earlier than this committee whereas others weren’t conscious of the fertiliser being submitted by means of the subsidy programme. Certainly one of them was really a non-registered farmer whereas the specialists didn’t produce any credentials to show it,” he submitted.

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