MIGORI – Two petitioners have gone to court seeking to bar Migori Speaker Boaz Okoth and his deputy Matthews Chacha from transacting businesses in the county assembly.
The petitioners also sought orders to bar two MCA’s from House Committees until a corruption case against the four is heard and determined.
Michael Kojo Otieno and Evance Otieno Oloo filed the petition at the Employment and Labour Relations Court and want the speaker and his deputy to vacate office.
The petitions filed under certificate of urgency sought a temporary injunction to block leader of minority party and Tagare Ward MCA Nicholas Ngabiya and Brian Osodo of Kachieng Ward from serving as members of the County Assembly Service Board till they are cleared by the court.
The two petitioners argued that the continued transaction of assembly businesses by the accused was against Section 62 (1) of Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.
They also wondered why the accused were still earning salaries consolidated from taxpayers’ funds despite being directed to step aside.
Justice Stephen Radido ordered that the respondents be served with the motions and petitions pending hearing of the matter on June 16.
Okoth, his deputy Chacha and 13 other officials are facing 11 counts among them; abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption and fraudulent acquisition of public property together with suppliers and contractors, failure to comply with procurement laws and mismanagement of public funds.
They were released on a Sh300,000 cash bail each or an alternative bond of Sh3 million each after they were arrested in December last year.