Reprieve for Senator Olekina after court stopped his removal from senate committee


The High Court has temporarily halted the plan to remove Narok County Senator Ledama Olekina as the Chairperson of the Senate’s County Public Accounts and Investments Committee (CPAIC).

CPAIC is tasked with an oversight role of the expenditure of funds allocated to the 47 counties under the Division of Revenue and other conditional grants.

Justice Weldon Korir upheld the case filed by the Narok Senator, challenging the move to remove him for the role as urgent.

Korir, on Monday, ruled that unless he issued the orders, the petition might be overtaken by events. The case is scheduled for mentioning on 14 May 2020 for further direction.

Senator Olekina was removed from the position last week in a notice dated 6 May 2020 by the Senate Minority Leader James Orengo.

“Following the Senate Standing Order 190, I hereby give notice of the discharge and removal of Senator Ledama Ole Kina from the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee and the Senate Business Committee,” the statement read in part.

Nevertheless, the senator refuted the letter and carried on with his business by chairing several CPAIC meetings.

In his tweet, Olekina stated that he had chaired his second meeting as the new Chairperson of the Senate Public Accounts Investment Committee, adding that the letter by Senator Orengo had no basis and should be treated with contempt.

His tweet read,

Judge Korir today ordered that the lawyers of Senator Olekina should serve the petition to the respondents.

Through his lawyer Nelson Havi, Ledama argued that he was genuinely elected as a member of the Senate’s minority party.

Lately, the Senate legislators have had heated arguments over the election of Senator Olekina to Chair the CPAIC.

Today, Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was ousted as the Senate Majority leader and his position taken by Senator Samuel Poghisio of KANU, deputized by Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo as the deputy majority leader.

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