Murang’a MCAs vow to re-impeach Governor wa Iria
17 November 2015, 08:16
Murang'a - Troubles facing Murang’a Governor, Mwangi wa Iria are far from over as a group of Members of his County Assembly (MCAs) have vowed to re-impeach him.
Wa Iria survived an impeachment last month after a Senate select committee chaired by Kitui Senator David Musila rejected the ouster motion.
The impeachment motion was tabled by nominated MCA, Mary Waithera of The National Alliance (TNA) party.
However, the Senate Committee vindicated wa Iria on grounds that his impeachment did not meet the constitutional threshold and the cited reasons for impeachment were unsubstantiated.
The Senate decision has not gone well with the MCAs led by deputy speaker Moses Gachui who said the Senators’ move was disappointing to the County residents.
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Ng’raria ward MCA, James Kariuki said there was enough evidence to show that the Governor misappropriated funds, noting that they will consider ousting him after three months.
“The Governor failed to establish the County budget and economic forum and also disregarded the County Assembly and undermined its legislative authority through requisition of monies and not remitting the same hence crippling operations of the House,” said nominated MCA Mary Waithera.
Waithera cited the Auditor General’s report which stated that the County government spent more than KES 28 million on a co-operative society named Shilingi Kwa Shilingi, yet it was a private company.
However, wa Iria denied all the allegations levelled against him explaining that the MCAs did not give him an opportunity to defend himself at the local assembly before the impeachment motion was tabled.
He alleged that the MCAs were working in cahoots with a local MP whom he accused of causing trouble and division in the County governance.
He argued that the MP is interested in the gubernatorial seat come the next general election and that he is in a mission of reducing wa Iria’s re-election chances.
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