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Khalwale: Senate did its job in Wambora's impeachment

19 February 2014, 12:34 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Kakamega County Senator, Bonny Khalwale Tuesday refuted governors’ claims that they are being witch-hunted by the Senate, following the approval of a motion to impeach Embu governor, Martin Wambora.

“The motion came from Embu County Assembly and not the Senate, it could have been so if the Senate could have initiated the process of impeaching Wambora,” Khalwale said.

He said Embu had an accounting and political problem, but they fixed the accounting problem through audited accounts. “We could not solve the political problem since we are not authorized to do so,” he said, adding that it is all about accountability.

Khalwale said the Senate acted according to the constitution and did not rush the motion as alleged by governors.
“The process was not rushed since the constitution requires it to be done within 10 days,” he said.

Khalwale said the issue should now be referred to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission and the Criminal Investigations Department for investigations and prosecution should follow if found guilty of flouting the law.

He asked the judiciary to obey the law of separation of powers and let the Senate do its work.

On his part, Bomet County governor, Isaac Ruto faulted the Senate for the approval of Wambora’s impeachment saying that he should have been given time to defend himself.

“Senate does not have the powers to interpret the law, their actions should be above board,” said Ruto, adding that the judiciary should be respected, after it had ordered senate to stop discussing Wambora’s impeachment motion.

Khalwale said Kenyans want devolution to work for their benefit. “We did not want to devolve corruption in devolution, the resources should be used to benefit Kenyans and not a few individual,” he said.

He also rubbished governors’ use of motorcades, saying it was a wastage of resources.

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