Waiguru impeachment: Kirinyaga MCAs disagree with Senate decision, vow to move to court
Jun. 29, 2020
- Governor Anne Waiguru was cleared by Senate of wrongdoing after she was impeached by MCAs
- The MCAs said they were dissatisfied with the Senate decision and that senators had been compromised
- Through their lawyer Ndegwa Njiru the MCAs said they will move to court for a determination whether the Senate findings were fair
The woes facing Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru are way far from over after ward representatives vowed to move to court to challenge her clearance by Senate.
While thanking the Senate special committee for their time in listening to Waiguru's case, Kirinyaga county majority leader Kamau Murango said the senator's report did so little in pointing the committee's findings.
Speaking to members of the press on Sunday, June 28, the MCAs said the county chief's influence in national politics will not deter them from seeking justice for the people of Kirinyaga.
"The body of your report did not speak to your findings, for a fact we find it hard to understand how officers under the governor's watch were found culpable while the master was there, coincidentally this was the case with the infamous National Youth Service (NYS) scandal," said Kamau.
According to the MCAs, the senators who were hearing Waiguru's impeachment case were compromised hence a favourable report for Waiguru.
During an interview with K24, the MCA's lawyer Ndegwa Njiru said he will be moving to High Court on Tuesday, June 30, for determination on whether there was fairness in the Senate ruling.
“My clients were unhappy with what the Senate did and they must go to court to seek justice," said Njiru.
Njiru said they had submitted overwhelming evidence on how "Waiguru's hand was in the cookie jar" as far as county tendering process was concerned.
"We gave overwhelming evidence to prove that the governor was not supposed to be in office but the Senate ignored it and cleared her. The Senate has dragged us behind in the battle to ensure there is democracy," added Njiru.
Waiguru was impeached on June 9 after 23 out of 33 ward representatives supported the motion to remove the county chief.
The MCAs accused the county boss of gross violation of procurement laws, mismanagement of public funds, abuse of office, indirectly or directly influencing staff recruitment and presiding over the irregular award of tenders.
The motion moved to the Senate and the county chief was cleared of any wrongdoing and that the impeachment process did not meet the required threshold after the ward representatives failed to link Waiguru directly to the accusations.
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