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ICPAK: MCAs black mailing governors with impeachment

23 May 2014, 22:48

Nairobi - Institute of certified public accounts of Kenya (Icpak) chairman Benson Okundi has termed the impeachment of Embu and Kericho governors as contrary to the rule of law and that the MCAs are using the provision to black mail the governors.

Okundi said the constitution had set grounds on which a governor may be impeached and that had not been set at the two counties.

“a governor may be impeached if found to have violated the constitution if committed serious crime under national or international law gross misconduct as stated under article 181” said

He said the legal provisions are within the powers of the county assembly to initiate an impeachment process and the senate to make a determination on the same but the Mcas in the counties seemed to have abused the same provision.

“The MCAs are using this leeway to blackmail and issue threats to governors and hence hampering their performance in the counties”

Governors may found themselves in a fixed position and may have had time to make informed decisions within the counties.

Okundi said the Icpak advices that impeachment must and should not be abused to incapacitate governors from doing their work. It should be brought only when there are serious allegations of breach of law.

“These must not be employed on frivolous grounds but should be used sparingly and only in instances where there is sufficient grounds for doing so, said Okundi.

He said the Mcas should not be rushing to impeach governors whenever something wrong happen but learn to use other avenues to handle emerging issues in the counties affecting their governors

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