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Sunday, 16 November 2014

URP MOVES TO DISCIPLINE ERRAND MCAs

Renson Shamala
The fate of Nandi county assembly majority leader Samuel Sawe and the chief whip Wilson Sang hangs in balance after United Republican Party wrote a letter to the county speaker and the clerk with proposed replacements to their positions.
The letter written by party secretary Fred Muteti is instructing the two to comply with the party decision to remove the two assembly leaders from their positions allegedly for failing to provide guidelines on party position in the county assembly.
Part of the contention is that as party leaders in the county assembly, the two have failed to live to the ideologies of the party and are suspected to have championed for ouster of their fellow party members from county committee leaderships.
Julius Menjo was proposed by the party to take over from Samuel Sawe as the majority leader, Simeon Bor is to take over from Wilson Sang as the chief whip while Kiplagat Choge and Jennifer Maritim will take over as deputy majority leader and deputy chief whip respectively.
“I hereby direct you to accord them their duty as given above,” said a section of the letter from the headquarters. But while at a function for swearing-in of county land board members, majority leader Sawe rubbished off the letter proposing his replacement saying that he cannot be dismissed by resolutions of a toilet meeting.
He said that to remove a majority leader requires a popular vote on a motion of impeachment through the assembly. He blamed senator Sang for attempting to work for their downfall because of his opposition against the senator chairing a county development board which was yet to commence. “Our senator has differences with our governor. We don’t expect him to extend those differences to the county assembly but we expect him to concentrate on national issues because he is not a county leader, he is he is treating friends of the governor as his sworn enemies,” said Sawe.
Contacted for comment, information director in the office of the deputy president said that William Ruto who is the party leader is not involved in the squabbles in the assembly and was not even aware of the unfolding events at the county. Two weeks ago, four chairmen of committees at the assembly were relieved of their duties for allegedly opposing Pesa Mashinani drive in the county and bragging of their closeness with deputy president. It is this team that is suspected to have written a complaint letter to party headquarters stating their frustrations after they were ejected.