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Sunday 10 May 2015

Suspended clerk now blames Weekly Citizen

Suspended Vihiga county assembly clerk Josphat Musambayi will remain out of office after the assembly adopted a report by a 13-member ad hoc committee investigating him over allegations of abuse of office.
Musambayi was later on to blame your favourite Weekly Citizen newspaper for being behind his troubles. He told his friends that when arrested recently, the anti-corruption officers told him they had received calls from Nairobi inquiring if what had been reported in the newspaper was true. To Musambayi, the officers even claimed the staff at the newspaper had links at Integrity House.
The committee chaired by North Maragoli ward representative Andrew Ahuga also investigated Musambayi over irregular procurement, misappropriation of assembly funds and misconduct.
 During a special sitting, with the public gallery filled to capacity, members of the assembly recommended that Musambayi remains suspended until the relevant government investigative bodies clear him of any wrong doing.
 Members voted out an amendment by the majority whip Wycliffe Masini to bar the county assembly service board the report’s recommendations from freezing Musambayi’s private accounts. The amendment was seconded by nominated MCA Nathan Kamidi, who together with Masini is members of UDF party.
Before the sitting, the party had sent a message to all its 25 MCAs in the assembly against supporting the embattled clerk.

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