MPs bid to discuss AG over Tunoi’s saga flops

By Kevin Wachira

Speaker of the National Assembly on Tuesday saved Attorney General Githu Muigai from being the subject of debate in the house.

Igembe South Member of Parliament Mithika Linturi had sought parliament’s oversight on the Attorney General arguing that the professor has been misleading the President.

Though his sentiments were supported by the leadership of the minority side, justice and legal affairs committee defended the Attorney General.

A confidential letter signed by the President’s Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua received at the office of Chief Justice on Monday, may have motivated the legislator to seek Parliament’s oversight on advisers of the presidency.

The letter sought to postpone the establishment of a tribunal to probe justice Philip Tunoi until court of appeal makes a decision on a pending case regarding Judges retirement age.

Linturi argued that despite the president forming the tribunal there was need for Parliament to relook into the suitability of those advising the president on legal matters.

His sentiments were supported by deputy minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo who accused the AG of constantly breaking the law as well as misadvising the president.

Speaker Muturi also dismissed the intentions to vet the AG terming Linturi’s claims as unreal.

He also dismissed allegations that MPs were planning to allocate themselves Ksh3Billion for the eight months they will forego in the 2017 general election.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi and formed a seven-member tribunal to investigate a Sh200 million bribery claim against him.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu posted on his Twitter page on Tuesday that the President had appointed Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board chairman Sharad Rao to head the tribunal.






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