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Sunday, 7 December 2014

BUNGOMA MINORITY LEADER TO FACE AXE AS PARTY LAYS DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The minority leader in the county assembly of Bungoma from Jubilee -Amani coalition John Musakali is slated for harsh times as the party contemplates initiating disciplinary action against him.
 Bungoma county assembly’s minority leader faces the New Ford Kenya disciplinary after his plan to oust his critics from various influential house committees hit a snag attracting a court battle.
The ousted members have accused the minority leader for working against their coalition interest at the expense of the rival Cord coalition.
“If he is not working in the best interest of the coalition, then he must ship out. We have no confidence with our leader and the party must take up the role of recalling the member and seek fresh mandate from the electorate,’’ said Kamukuywa ward MCA Moses Opicho.
The minority leader had on November 20  2014 communicated to house speaker, John Makali, to replace Martin Wanyonyi from the budget committee, Mary Namaswa from the gender and implementation committee and David Barasa from the public administration committee raising intense  an uproar.
Wanyonyi who represents people with disabilities moved to Bungoma High Court and acquired a court order from Judge Hellen Omondi stopping the proposed changes for 41 days and demand for the status quo to prevail.
The New Ford-Kenya party secretary general Benjamin Muema has written to speaker rescinding the decision by the minority leader.
Muema has accused Musakali for not consulting with the party’s top leadership as well sabotaging the party for his selfish interests.
“It has been brought to our attention that John Musakali has made changes to the said committees without consultation or concurrence of the party. We request that you disregard the purported changes and maintain the status quo,” read part of the letter.
Muema said the party is considering taking a disciplinary action against Musakali who they said had already crossed to Cord.
Muema said Musakali has been fighting area governor Kenneth Lusaka despite the two coming from the same party.
Speaking to Weekly Citizen at the county assembly, Musakali insisted that his decision was in consultation with other members of the county assembly from the coalition.
He accused the ousted members of the county assembly for leaking out assembly secrets to the public and being disrespectful to him.