Gor Sunguh, Chairman of the Ouko Parliamentary Committee has announced that the committee would travel to London (at our expense of course) to hear the testimony of Inspector Troon. He said that a video conference of the witness (at 400,000 an hour) was too expensive and that Kenya could not guarantee Troon’s security.
Considering what happened to State guest, Ngugi wa Thiongo, last year, I would not blame him. But Sunguh’s excuse is lame – video conferencing is not that expensive, and it is being used by immigrants to see/talk to family members to communicate with family members. The Committee will probably blow out their budget with hotels, per diems, entertainment, and special sitting allowances. Committee members who have otherwise boycotted the hearings or resigned will probably take this trip. The Committee should insist on hearing Troon here, by having the Police take charge of his security – instead of taking an expensive London holiday (what if he refused to talk to them?)
Meanwhile the MP of Bumula, Mr. Wakoli Bifwoli stumbled upon a meeting and vowed not to sign any future loan agreements with the World Bank, arguing that his constituency was one of the most underdeveloped in the country. “Bumula remains underdeveloped, with little economic activity, and my people are poor.”