File Photo- CS Fred Matiang'i
File Photo- CS Fred Matiang'i

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, and the Education Ministry Principal Secretary, Dr. Belio Kipsang, breathed a sigh of relieve yesterday after the Senate failed to adopt a report on the possible loss of Sh1.5 billion through acquisition of a controversial piece of land in Ruaraka. This is after the house failed to adopt the report on the inquiry into possible loss of funds through acquisition of of a parcel of Land in Ruaraka for use by Ruaraka High School and Drive-in Primary School.

The trashing of the report saw Education Principal secretary Belio Kipsang spared investigations into allegations that the government had bought its own land. Matiang’i was the Education CS when the transaction took place. At least 24 senators were required to vote for the motion to pass but only 15 Senators mostly from the Orange Democratic Movement, ODM, backed it.

During the voting, there were only 19 senators out of the required 24. Fifteen senators voted for the report while four rejected it. House Speaker, Honorable Kithure Kindiki declared the motion defeated.

Drive-In Primary School and Ruaraka High School occupy the disputed 13.5-acre land, that is being claimed byn a Nairobi businessman, Francis Mburu.

List of Senators who voted for Adoption of the Report:
  • Kajwang’ Moses Otieno- Homa Bay
  • Khanir George- Vihiga
  • Boy Issa Juma- Kwale
  • Kilonzo Mutula Junior- Makueni
  • Masitsa Naomi Shiyonga- Nominated
  • Imana Malachy Charles Ekai- Turkana
  • Kabaka Mutinda Boniface- Machakos
  • Mwaruma Johnes Mwashushe- Taita Taveta
  • Mwinyi Haji Mohammed Faki- Mombasa
  • Mobo George Ochilo Ayacko- Migori
  • Ole Kina Ledama- Narok
  • Orengo James- Siaya
  • Outa Fredrick Otieno- Kisumu
  • Sakaja Johnson Arthur- Nairobi
  • Wambua Enoch Kiio- Kitui
List of Senators who opposed the report:
  • Chararkey Samson Kiprotich- Nandi
  • Kihika Susan Wakarura- Nakuru
  • Moi Gideon Kipsielei- Towett- Baringo
  • Murkomen Onesimus Kipchumba- Elgeyo Marakwet
list of Senators who absconded the vote:
  • Ali Abdullahi Ibrahim- Wajir
  • Kamar Margret Jepkoech- Uasin Gishu
  • Kang’ata Irungu- Murang’a
  • Kasanga Sylivia Mueni- Nominated
  • Cheruiyot Aaron Kipkurui- Kericho
  • Kibiru Charles Reubenson- Kirinyaga
  • Kimani Wamatangi Paul- Kiambu
  • Ephraim Maina Mwangi- Nyeri
  • Langat Christopher Andrew- Bomet
  • Lelegwe Steve Ltumbesi- Samburu
  • Linturi Franklin Mithika- Meru
  • Loitiptip Anuar- Lamu
  • Lokorio Petronilla Were- Nominated
  • Madzayo Stewart Mwachiru- Kilifi
  • Mohamud Mohammed Maalim- Mandera
  • Makori Beatrice Kwamboka- Nominated
  • Malalah Cleophas Wakhungu- Kakamega
  • Mbito Michael Maling’a- Trans Nzoia
  • Milgo Alice Chepkorir- Nominated
  • Mogeni Erick Okong’o- Nyamira
  • Mpaayei Philip Salau- Kajiado
  • Mugo Beth Wambui- Nominated
This is what the Senators had to say after the motion failed:

Senator Ledama Ole Kina: “It is hypocritical for the Senate today to try and question the Ministry of Health on the Managed Equipment Services yet they cannot defend public integrity by voting to adopt the report on Ruaraka Land Scandal … bure kabisa! (Useless).”

Senator Ochilo Ayacko: “t is sad that corruption won today. But myself, Ledama Ole kina, Sakaja Johnson, Mutula stood with Kenyans. If the Senate adopted that report, criminal indictments would have been brought against senior officials who STOLE from the public. Kipchumba Murkomen voted against! SHAME!”

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