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Deputy governors seek legal clarity on impeachment

05 February 2014, 13:25

Nairobi - The Deputy Governors Forum has sought legal advice to request for an interpretation of the law pertaining to the impeachment of deputy governors.

The forum, which brings together all the 47 deputy governors, has gone to court to seek clarity.

The grievances of the organisation follow the possible impeachment of the Deputy Governor for Embu County, Dorothy Ndii, who is facing the axe together with Governor, Martin Wambora.

According to their chairperson, Evelyn Aruasa, the County Government Act in the Constitution was not vocal about the specific roles of the deputy governors.

“We therefore urge the Senate legal affairs committee to amend the county governments act to include specific roles to the deputy governors so that when impeachment is done, there are specifics that can be pointed out as matters of abuse or incompetence in the deputy governor’s role,” said Aruasa.

Aruasa, a lawyer by profession was addressing journalists in Nairobi accompanied by the vice chairman of the forum and Deputy Governor for Isiolo County, Mohamed Gulet.

Regarding the fate of the governor, they said the Senate would make its decision but the same Senate did not have the mandate to set up a committee to look into an impeachment of a deputy governor, who did not even have constitutionally-backed roles.

The County Assembly of Embu had successfully impeached the governor and his deputy on grounds of abuse of office but the forum insists that the deputy governor was wrongfully impeached.

The forum nonetheless said it did not oppose the impeachment of the governor.

– CAJ News


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