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Nyeri Governor risks impeachment for supporting referendum

14 August 2014, 08:14 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Six MPs from Nyeri County have vowed to push for the ousting of the county's Governor Nderitu Gachagua for supporting the call for referendum which contravenes the Jubilee Coalition's agenda.

The MPs, who are in The National Alliance(TNA) party, are angered by Gachagua's inclusion in the governors' steering committee to push for the referendum and have said they will use woes facing coffee farmers and alleged misappropriation of devolved funds in the county to push for the firing of the governor if he continues to support the referendum agenda.

“We are from TNA that has a majority in the assembly and the governor is from a minority so we have the numbers. We have persevered for long. The auditor general must come in and do his job,” said the Othaya MP, Mary Wambui.

Kieni MP, Kanini Kega said Gachagua had conned coffee farmers by failing to ensure they get paid as agreed for the delivery of their products.

“We are not with them, we are with Jubilee. They should account first for the billions of devolved funds allocated to them before they can think of asking for more,” said Kega.

Last week, the Council of Governors led by its chairman Isaac Ruto, unveiled a committee of 15 members to steer their push for the referendum and a six member technical committee to articulate its 10 point issues they want addressed.

Jubilee MPs have threatened to impeach their governors if they continue with the referendum push to amend the constitution to provide for a greater allocation of funds to county governments.

The MPs claim that the governors’ push is similar to the Cord agenda, to wreck the Jubilee administration by seeking to have at least 45 percent of the national budget disbursed to the counties.

Other Nyeri County MPs planning to oust Nderitu include; Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town), Peter Weru (Mathira), Ndungu Gethenji (Tetu) and Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri County Woman Representative).

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