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Governor Waititu impeached

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 16:26 | By
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. Photo/CHARLES MATHAI

Kiambu Members of County Assembly (MCAs) on Thursday afternoon voted to impeach embattled Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

Out of 64 MCAs present during the impeachment session, 63 voted in favour with one voting to save Waititu.

Chants of “Waititu must go” rent the air at the Assembly as ward representatives voted to remove the governor in office.

The Speaker had a difficult time establishing order in the assembly with one of the ward reps being kicked out.

Twenty-eight MCAs, however, missed the session.

Reasons for impeachment

The ward reps cited gross violation of the Constitution of Kenya, the County Government Act, 2012, Public Finance Management Act, 2012 and Public Procurement and Disposable Act 2015.

They also claimed that there is lack of accountability in the management of county resources by the incurring of unsustainable debts.

Further, the ward reps accused Waititu of disregarded the county assembly as an arm of the county government by diverting funds intended for use by the assembly to projects where he would obtain personal benefits through irregular procurement.

The ward reps also accused Waititu of dispossessing Ms Cecilia Njoki Mbugua, a widow, of two prime plots of land within Thika Municipality and facilitated transfer of tiles to Mrs Esteher Wamuyu Nyatu.

Lastly, they accused the embattled county of abuse of office and gross misconduct.

Waititu is facing corruption charges over Sh588 million irregular procurement for a road tender.

Following his charging with corruption, Waititu was barred from his office and transacting county affairs, a role that went to his deputy, Dr James Nyoro, with whom they have had a fractious relationship.

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