Politics and policy
Savula loses House post over claims of incompetence
Posted Tuesday, September 17 2013 at 19:58
Members of the parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Co-operatives voted out chairman Ayub Savula Tuesday over incompetence claims. However, the Lugari MP vowed to reclaim the seat when new elections are called.
Mr Savula garnered 10 votes while 12 were cast against him. Out of the 29 members, 23 turned up for the meeting while six were absent.
MPs Kabando wa Kabando, Justice Kemei, and James Opiyo are out of the country while Joash Odhiambo sent an apology.
Ababu Namwamba and Mary Wambui did not attend the meeting. Mr Savula said the no-confidence vote against him was tabled by members who were out to frustrate his leadership of the committee.
“I do not see any meaningful reason to remove me from the committee. The reason given is that I went to Brazil last month,” said Mr Savula.
He added that his absence and that of his deputy Kareke Mbiuki, who was in China with President Uhuru Kenyatta, did not go down well with some members of the committee.
Mr Savula blamed the Clerk of the National Assembly for the confusion that led to some members being unable to travel to Mombasa for committee business.
He denied claims of conflict of interest with sugar industry players saying that he stopped working with Mumias Sugar Company a long time ago.
Mumias East MP Ben Washiali dismissed allegations against Mr Savula as baseless.
“The work of the chairman is to chair meetings and the issue of incompetence does not arise. We agreed that all MPs, be they newcomers or old, chair committees and we should allow him to work,” said Mr Washiali.
MPs who attended the meeting included Kareke Mbiuki, Raphael Lentimalo, Francis Waititu, Peter Gitau, Maison Leshoomo, Antony Kimani, Alfred Keter, Adan Mohamed, Philip Rotino, Korei Lemein, Silas Tiren, Benjamin Washiali, Victor Munyaka, John Serut, Millie Odhiambo, Fredrick Outa, Daniel Maanzo, and Patrick Wangamati.