Senate faulted for saving Governor Gachagua from impeachment
17 September 2016, 21:32
Nyeri - Senate decision to save Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua from being impeached was not fair to Nyeri, former Mathira MP Eprahim Maina has claimed.
In what is likely to re-ignite rivalry between the two, Maina criticized the move by the senator to clear Gachagua from being removed from office, saying it was against the wishes of the majority.
He noted the allegations facing the governor including abuse of office, violation of the constitution and embezzlement of public funds were serious and required to be probed with due diligences.
“What happened in the plenary was a mockery of justice. I can tell you 95 percent of the people were not happy with the senate resolutions to clear the governor,” Maina explained.
He compared the process of impeaching Gachagua to a chicken thief who plead guilty but is let of the hook because its owner cannot specify whether it was a cock or a hen.
“It’s like a judge in a court law finding someone guilty of an offence but claims he is unable to sentence the accused because the owner cannot distinguish its gender,” Maina observed.
He noted there was admission of the wrong doings by the executive as petitioned by the 32 county assembly members but instead 32 senators decided to swipe the matter under the carpet.
He threatened to take the county boss to court over his claims he was responsible for orchestrating his impeachment and told him to prove his allegations.
Maina who was speaking at Ndimai-ini PCEA church in Mathira, wondered how he as an individual could have influenced decisions by the six county MPs and 32 MCAs who supported Gachagua’s impeachment.
He faulted the senate for falling to sanction removal of governors reportedly accused of embezzling public coffers by offering them a soft landing in the senate despite concerted effort by MCAs to do oversight
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