EACC now summons Murang’a MCAs over fist fights recently witnessed in county assembly

Murang'a MCAs battle in the floor of the house on 16th Jan-COURTESY

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH JAN 2018-Murang’a County Assembly  members have been summoned to appear before  the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for questioning following recent incident in which they engaged in fist fights over the position of majority leader.

According to the Central Region EACC Director Jackson Mue , he had written to each of the 18 MCAs summoning them to appear before the commission from Tuesday next week.

Mr Mue said the assembly’s Speaker Nduati Kariuki and the Clerk Chris Kinyanjui have also been summoned to explain more about the chaos that rocked the House on January 16, 2018.

The commission seeks to question and record statements from the MCAs to facilitate investigations and later take action.

“Pursuant to its constitutional and statutory mandate, the commission would like you to shed more light on the matter and record statement on the same,” read the letter dated January 17, 2018.

The letter indicated that the agency is “investigating allegations of unethical conduct, in regard to a fist fight that broke out within the precinct of the assembly”.

Constitutional stipulation

Mue added that  EACC, in summoning the MCAs, under  Section 4 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.

He says it had become normal  Murang’a MCAs to engage  in fighting and unethical conduct, following other two fights at a Kiambu hotel and inside the clerk’s office.

“EACC is mandated to oversee and enforce implementation of the Act. The Act seeks to ensure State and public officers uphold high standards of integrity and ethical conduct while discharging public duty,” he said.


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