BREAKING: Governor Gachagua impeached over corruption, abuse of office
02 September 2016, 16:33
Nuyeri - Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua has been impeached over gross violation of the constitution, corruption and abuse of office.
Gachagua was voted out by 32 out of the 47 Members of the County Assembly after a five-hour debate.
However, a section of the MCAs supporting him did not vote and walked out of the chambers when voting was happening.
He is the fourth governor to be impeached in Kenya after Paul Chepkwony, Martin Wambora and Mwangi wa Iria of Kericho, Embu and Murang’a counties, respectively.
The county assembly speaker Mwangi Mugo said the MCAs’ resolution will be forwarded to Senate within two days whereby the Senate Speaker will form a committee to investigate the charges leveled against the governor.
The motion was moved by Mathari-Kiganjo Ward Representative Baragu Mutahi, who was supported by his colleagues even from the Governor’s GNU party led by Karatina Ward Rep Joel Gichuru who seconded the motion.
Mutahi cited out 17 grounds of impeachment including failure to assent to seven Bills passed by the County Assembly, lack of prudence in refurbishment of buildings amounting to KES.81.3 million and nepotism in employment opportunities.
Mutahi also accused the governor of violating the Procurement Act and issuing tenders without due regard of law.
He pleaded with the Senate to justify the charges and dismiss the County boss.
“The Senate should proceed and serve justice to Nyeri people. Billions of shillings have been lost in Nyeri. A billion can be calculated by counting one shilling per second for 33 years. This is a serious matter,” explained Baragu.
At the end of the debate the speaker sent the Sargent-at-arms to search for the governor for close to ten minutes within the assembly so that he could respond to the accusations raised but he was not available.
“The law dictates that the governor should be allowed to come to the assembly and respond. A seat is already reserved for him here,” said the speaker.
Gachagua’s lawyers Peter Wanyama and Mansur Esar, while armed with a briefcase of documents, had visited the County Assembly to respond on governor’s behalf but the speaker dismissed them saying the governor must appear in person.
The MCAs supporting the impeachment motion spent a night at the Assembly fearing to be attacked allegedly by the governor’s supporters
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