ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES

Siaya Roads committee suspended for 30 days

Accused of alleged breach of conduct and ethics.

In Summary
  • Voters had started to collect signatures to recall Sigomere MCA Eric Odawa, who heads the committee. 
  • They said Odawa improperly used his office in the irregular award of a Sh20 million road tender that he won.
Siaya speaker George Okode during a session to discuss the Roads committee.
Siaya speaker George Okode during a session to discuss the Roads committee.
Image: Lameck Baraza

The Siaya county assembly has suspended the Roads committee for alleged breach of conduct and ethics. 

The 30-day suspension comes a few days after voters started to collect signatures to recall Sigomere MCA Eric Odawa, who heads the committee. 

The voters accuse Odawa of abuse of office. Led by youth leader Kevis Dooso, they said he using his office to influence the award of a Sh20 million road tender that he won.

Odawa has denied any wrongdoing, saying he only won tenders before becoming an MCA.

“Yes I have done tenders with the county government, but that was in 2014 before I was even elected as the Sigomere MCA,” he said.

Announcing the suspension on the floor of the house, Sspeaker George Okode said he intends to deal with the cause, and not the symptoms, of the allegations. 

He said the 30 days will give enough time for investigations.

Okode directed the formation of a five-member ad hoc committee to look into the allegations and report in 30 days.

He will chair the committee. 

Okode said a no-confidence motion on the leadership of the Committee on Roads will have to wait for the investigations of the ad hoc committee.

He said the Road committee's functions will be performed by the Implementation committee in the meantime.

“The leadership of the house will be very fair as they will look at the independent integrity of Odawa to maintain the integrity of the assembly,” Okode said.

Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya