National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula has directed a Joint Ad Hoc committee to investigate the activities of the cryptocurrency company Worldcoin and report back to the House within 42 days.
The joint committee led by Narok West MP Gabriel Tongoyo, is expected to investigate the operations of Worldcoin in Kenya as well as the agencies that gave it the license to operate in the country.
The team is expected to meet with various authorities, ministries, departments and government agencies to help it investigate the matter.
Speaker Wetang’ula said that the Joint Ad hoc committee’s mandate will also extend to addressing the concerns raised in a statement made by MPs in Parliament regarding the activities of Worldcoin in Kenya.
The committee is made up of 15 members drawn from the departmental committees on administration and internal security, communication, information and innovation as well as tourism and wildlife.
“I want to inform you that each of the three committees has nominated five members from their respective memberships,” said Wetang’ula.
The departmental committee on administration and internal security nominated Lari MP Mburu Kahangara, Caroline Ng’elechei (Elgeyo-Marakwet), Peter Kaluma (Homabay Town), and Laikipia North MP Sara Korere.
The departmental committee on communication, information and innovation nominated its chairperson, John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Geoffrey Wandeto (Tetu), Gideon Kimaiyo (Keiyo South), Shakeel Shabbir (Kisumu East), and nominated MP Irene Mayaka.
Those representing the departmental committee on tourism and wildlife nominated are chairperson Kareke Mbiuki (Maara), Geoffrey Ruku (Mbeere North), Edwin Gichuki (Mathioya), Ruweida Obo (Lamu East), and Likuyani MP Innocent Maino Mugabe.
“Considering the nominations from the committees and in consultation with the House leadership, I have co-opted Manyatta MP Gitonga Mukunji, Umulkher Harun Mohamed (nominated) and Fredrick Ikana (Shinyalu),” said Wetang’ula.
He added that the co-opted members will contribute to the committee’s discussions and provide insights but won’t possess voting rights.
“Let me remind the Committee of the urgency to conduct this inquiry promptly and deliver a report to the House by Thursday, 28th September 2023,” the Speaker concluded.