What next for Taita Taveta? IEBC receives petition to dissolve county gov’t


What next for Taita Taveta? IEBC receives petition to dissolve county gov't
File image of Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has began verification of signatures collected for the dissolution of Taita Taveta County Government.

President Uhuru Kenyatta already aware of the petition and accompanying signatures, has tasked the IEBC with verification.

Speaking after meeting officials from the office of the president on Wednesday, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said the petition will require at least 15,500 signatures to proceed to the next stage.

There are 155,000 voters in Taita Taveta with the law requiring signatures from at least 10 percent of the total voters translating to 15,500 signatures for the petition to gain life to the next stage.

“I don’t have signatures in my database but I have names and id numbers they must come from Taita Taveta,” said Chebukati.

If the IEBC verifies the requisite signatures, the president will within 14 days submit a report on grounds to suspend the county to the apex intergovernmental body.

Upon approval from the apex body, the President shall appoint a commission to inquire into the matter and approved by the senate.

The report from the commission shall be forwarded to the President who then takes the report to the speaker of the senate who initiates a motion of suspension of the county government.

Governor Samboja last week survived an impeachment attempt by the county assembly after senators found insufficient grounds in the allegations tabled.

Various attempts at mediation have also failed since revelations of bad blood between Samboja and the county assembly came to the fore.

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