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Ousted Kericho governor 'innocent'

15 May 2014, 11:20

Nairobi - Ousted Kericho Governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony says that he is innocent of alleged constitutional violations he has been accused of by his county's MCAs.

Chepkwony was ousted Wednesday in a ruling at the Kericho County Assembly where 32 MCAs present all voted for his removal.

In a twist though, 15 others abstained, saying that the allegations were politically instigated and lacked credence.

Nominated MCA Albert Kipkoech, who moved the motion, claimed that Chepkwony had violated the constitution,abused his office and grossly violated provisions of the county Government Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.

He accused the governor of further more failing to seek approval from the county assembly on crucial decisions and flouting procurement rules on several occasions.

Chepkwony though, through lawyer Peter Wanyama, said after the ruling that there was little or no evidence to suggest that there was misconduct of any sort and or that the governor had misappropriated funds.

" This is a witch hunt and as you saw from the high number of abstainers, there is something amiss in this decision, he said.

" The reality is that no funds were misappropriated and there is evidence to prove that it is the case, he added.

Some of the MCAs who absconded claimed that the ruling was instigated by political bedfellows and vowed to get support for the governor in the upcoming senate hearings and subsequent rulings at County level.

" Life will not be the same here without the governor. We will ensure that justice is first served before business resumes as usual, they said moments after the ruling was made.

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