Sam Ongeri Replaces Sen Ledama as Senate Committee Chair
Jun. 25, 2020
Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri has replaced Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina as chairman of the powerful Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee.
Citizen TV was the first to report that Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri was elected to take over the post from him in a voting process that took place on Thursday, June 25.
Ongeri will be deputised by Marsabit Senator Hargura Godana.
Ledama had agreed to step down from the committee position after holding a private meeting with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
The meeting took place days after Ledama declared his loyalty to ODM on the floor of the Senate, during the removal of former Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki , following a publicised squabble over his removal as Chairman of the Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee.
Ledama, after the meeting, also had agreed to withdraw the case he filed against the party terming his removal as unlawful.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party resolved that Ledama would continue sitting on the accounts committee but not as the cahir.
The powerful watchdog committee is responsible for the oversight of county governments, and was previously chaired by Homa Bay Senator TJ Kajwang', with the position reserved for Minority Senators.
Ledama had sparked a storm after Senate Minority Leader James Orengo wrote to the Speaker informing him of Ledama's removal.
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