Days after Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was elected as chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC), ODM through Minority Leader in the Senate James Orengo has written to the Speaker to have his election revoked.
“In accordance with 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,” Orengo, an ODM member, said in a letter to the Speaker.
This is the second time Orengo is writing to the Speaker to facilitate the removal of Ole Kina from the committee.
Hours after his election on Monday, Orengo said: “I express and register dissatisfaction with the conduct and the outcome of the election the leadership of the County Public Accounts and Investigations Committee which were purportedly done today.
We intend to withdraw our membership from the said committee until an appropriate resolution can be made.”
During the election to replace Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang whose term ended, Ole Kina got five votes against Ongeri’s four, but sources indicate that ODM had the Kisii Senator as their preferred choice for the oversight committee.
ODM, whose majority members in the opposition of the House is guaranteed the seat, is reported to have persuaded Migori Senator Ochilo Ayacho to step down in favour of Ongeri.
However, according to sources, majority of the committee members felt that Ongeri may not have the energy to head the committee due to his age since members are sometimes required to sit for hours.
Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi, who served in the committee in the last parliament was elected vice chairman taking over from Meru’s Mithika Lunturi