Relief for Galgalo and Kambi as House gives NLC nomination nod

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 00:00 |
Former Isiolo Woman Rep Tiya Galgalo.

MPs yesterday approved the nomination of former Isiolo Woman Rep Tiya Galgalo to serve in the National Land Commission.

Galgago survived by a whisker after members voted on an amendment seeking to remove her name for failing to produce a tax compliance certificate.

The National Assembly Committee on Lands had in its report last week rejected Galgalo’s name on the basis she was not tax compliant.

While tabling the report, chairperson of  the departmental committee on Land, Rachael Nyamae had said the vetting committee proposed rejection of Galgalo.

But the amendment was brought shortly before the report was passed, forcing Speaker Justin Muturi to call for a division.  After the vote, 114 members voted for the amendment, 70 against it and two abstentions.

Hulufo MP Hassan Oda while moving the amendment, said the tax man had since issued Galgalo with a genuine certificate. 

Another move to reject former CS Kambi Kazungu also flopped after members rejected an amendment by some MPs from the Coast region.

The MPs wanted Kambi out over alleged integrity issues.

With this approval, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s point man Gershom Otachi Omanwa will be taking over from Muhammad Swazuri as chairperson. 

Other nominees are former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, former Egerton University vice chancellor James Tuitoek, Alister Mutugi, Reginald Okumu and Gertrude Nduku. 

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