Baringo MCAs, county assembly staff summoned over BBI vote chaos

Baringo MCAs, county assembly staff summoned over BBI vote chaos

18 Baringo County Assembly members and staffers are under investigations following the chaos that marred the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) voting process.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said it is investigating the conduct of the Baringo MCAs during the proceedings on February 11, 2021.

“Please instruct the officers to avail themselves to EACC South Rift Regional Office, Assumption Centre, 5th Floor, Moi Road in Nakuru for interviews and statements recording..” EACC said in a letter addressed to the Baringo County Assembly Clerk.

In the letter dated February 17, 2021, the EACC also directed the Clerk to provide original or certified copies of personal files of two MCAs: Charles Kosgei and Ernest Kibet.

Other documents required are the Hansard for February 11, 2021; a report on the steps taken so far in respect of the incident and any other information related to the incident.

The 18 MCAs and county assembly staff who have been summoned over the BBI vote chaos are:

  1. David Ngeno (Principal Sergeant at Arms)
  2. Amos Kiprop Cherangony (Sergeant at Arms)
  3. Tobole Sumokwo Logorio (Sergeant at Arms)
  4. Silas Tochim (MCA)
  5. Maria Losile (MCA)
  6. Solomon Makal (MCA)
  7. Caroline Kessei (MCA)
  8. Betty Birchogo (MCA)
  9. Shadrack Malluk (MCA)
  10. Lawi Kipchumba (MCA)
  11. Lourien Sam (MCA)
  12. Daniel Tuwit (MCA)
  13. Reuben Chepsongol (MCA)
  14. Jacob Cheboiwo (Deputy Speaker)
  15. Richard Koech (Clerk)
  16. David Kiplagat (Speaker)
  17. Charles Kosgei (MCA)
  18. Ernerst Kibet (MCA)

Meanwhile, two Baringo MCAs are in hiding out of fear that they might be arrested ahead of DP William Ruto’s visit to the county on Friday.

DP Ruto is expected to attend the funeral of the late Hosea Kiplagat, former Co-operative Bank executive chairman and a Moi-era politician.

The two MCAs– Sylas Tochim (Tenges Ward) and Reuben Chepsongol (Bartabwa Ward) claim that they have were being trailed for the better part of Thursday.

“I am aware that they want to arrest us as a way of silencing us since we are ardent crusaders of Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, something which has angered some quarters,” said Chepsongol.

He told Chamgei FM via phone that they suspect that those who trailed them late into the night were security officers in plain clothes.

Chepsongol expressed fear for their lives saying they don’t know what might happen next.