Murkomen Slams Judiciary Moment After High Court Suspends Samboja’s Impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen lashes out at Judiciary. File.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has lashed out at the Judiciary over contradicting rulings in the war against corruption and push towards accountability.

On Friday, the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator took to his twitter handle to air out his disappointment saying the corridors of justice was too confusing on how they handle matters of devolution.

“There is a paradox in the war against corruption and push for accountability.

On one hand, courts are happy to issue orders barring Senate from summoning governors&considering impeachments and on the other hand issue orders barring governors from office while on trial. Judicial confusion,” tweeted the Senator.

The Senators remarks came a few minutes after the High Court temporarily suspended the decision by Members of County Assembly (MCA) of Taita Taveta to impeach their Governor Granton Samboja.

High Court stops the impeachment of Governor Granton Samboja.

Justice James Makau issued a conservatory order on Friday barring the County Speaker of Taita Taveta from submitting to Senate Resolution committee a letter recommending the ouster of Governor Samboja.

On Wednesday, 3o MCAs impeached the Governor over alleged gross misconduct.

Governor Samboja and his MCAs have been having a protracted tussle involving budget allocations for 2019/2020.

In August, the MCAs are said to have slashed budget allocations for the Executive and awarded themselves Sh833 million for Ward development.

Vexed by the move, Samboja declined to append his signature on the budget allocation sparking a bitter relationship between the two levels of county leadership.

Efforts to bring both parties on board for dialogue have turned futile with the Governor already collecting 50,000 signatures in a bid to dissolve the County Government.

The Governor has reportedly refused to have a dialogue despite numerous attempts by Deputy President William Ruto, Nasa leader Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

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