- On Friday, the assembly speaker George Okode issued a notice of a special sitting on Monday to consider the report detailing the findings of the general oversight Committee that examined the allegations by the DG.
- However, hours after the notice was issued, Oduol whose tiff with his boss governor James Orengo continues to escalate rejected the assembly move questioning why he was not summoned instead by the committee and the house before it makes a determination on the matter
Siaya deputy governor William Oduol has opposed the decision by the county assembly to convene and adopt a report of the findings on corruption allegations and mismanagement claims he made against the executive.
On Friday, the assembly speaker George Okode issued a notice of a special sitting on Monday to consider the report detailing the findings of the general oversight Committee that examined the allegations by the DG.
However, hours after the notice was issued, Oduol whose tiff with his boss Governor James Orengo continues to escalate rejected the assembly move questioning why he was not summoned instead by the committee and the house before it makes a determination on the matter.
Oduol said he was yet to be invited by the general oversight committee chaired by the speaker as he had envisaged after attempts to address the house and shed light on the matter failed in mid-February.
"They shouldn’t adopt the report. They are trying to cover some things. We will not allow it," Oduol asserted.
Oduol noted that he submitted evidence to the assembly backing his corruption allegations and mismanagement claims against the executive.
"They (the assembly committee) have asked people adversely mentioned in the document I supplied to them for responses. Why don’t they share with me those responses for my feedback as well ?" he quipped.
The DG said he handed over the documents containing evidence of his allegations to the assembly on February 14th.
He had appeared before the committee on February 12 following a summon to appear but was not able to address the members on the basis of procedural technicality.
Speaker Okode who chairs the general oversight committee said Oduol couldn't proceed before presenting to members the documents he wish to rely on for scrutiny.
He was advised to present the documents containing his evidence and wait for further communication from the assembly.
On Friday, Oduol told the Star that he will not allow the assembly to engage in a cover-up.
"We should not allow them to go ahead with what they are attempting to do, a cover-up. We will not allow them," he said.
But when reached for comment on the assertion, speaker Okode stated that the assembly decided to receive and work with written submissions.
He said that the assembly also received a written response from the officers who were adversely mentioned by the DG in his submissions to the assembly.
"It is the assembly that invited the DG to shed light on the allegations he made against the governor and the executive on social media. He resisted initially, even saying assembly has no such mandate but eventually he honoured the invite," Okode said on Saturday.
"We decided to use written submissions instead of oral. We have not invited the officers mentioned to appear. What we have done is to analyse the evidence of the DG and the responses from those he mentioned adversely to make a report," he said.
Okode said nobody knows what recommendations are in the report.
"He doesn't know whether the report is in his favour or whether it has recommended that he be summoned or the entire submissions dismissed," he said.
Okode further pointed out that the assembly can not gag either the DG or Orengo from pursuing the matter with other external agencies.
"He has been discussing the issue in the media and nothing stops him from even taking the matter to other agencies like EACC or DCI. Ours was to allow him to share with us what he had in regards to the allegations he made so that we could look into them," he said.
The embattled DG has rejected calls for him to resign.
There are those who have accused him of rocking the boat from within and asked him to resign if he can't work with Governor Orengo.