Friday, March 29, 2013

Kenya Cabinet Ministers to Lose State Cars, Offices

Cabinet ministers already sworn into office as governors, senators and MPs may be locked out of their offices and have their official vehicles seized next week after disregarding presidential orders to quit.

The Saturday Nation has also established that some of the ministers who had resigned by Wednesday were still using State cars.

This week, 17 ministers and assistant ministers took their new oath of office in different capacities, raising questions on the legitimacy of their Cabinet positions.

Two cases filed at the High Court — one seeking to have ministers elected to office barred from being sworn in before they resign and another by Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o seeking orders against the President’s directive — were all thrown out.

About 15 ministers from Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Coalition of Reform and Democracy (Cord) are among those yet to resign while two are from the Jubilee Coalition.

On Friday, former Foreign Affairs assistant minister Moses ole Sakuda denied that he was among ministers still holding on to their positions.

“I resigned on Wednesday evening and now I am working for Kajiado West people,” Mr Sakuda stated.

Mr Sakuda, however, confirmed that some of his colleagues were still using State resources like cars even after resigning.

“It is true some of those who have resigned are still using government resources,” he said.

“I have, however, returned mine and vacated my office,” he added.

Siaya Senator James Orengo, however, dismissed pressure to have them resign terming it unconstitutional and meant to give an opportunity to a few State mandarins to take over government during the ongoing transitional process.

“The law they are quoting is not meant for the outgoing Grand Coalition ministers because there is a transitional clause that cushions the ministers from leaving office before the new government comes into office,” Mr Orengo said.

Daily Nation

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