Why six governors are facing impeachment

The year 2020 will certainly go down in history as the most dramatic, not only for Kenya but for the entire globe.

The novel coronavirus has managed to put the world on a halt. Almost eight months since the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic, Covid-19 has completely disrupted the conventional world trajectories.

Closer home, and the effects of Covid-19 not withstanding, 2020 appears to be the year of impeachments. A flurry of activities by county assemblies have opened the stage for the impeachment of at least six governors.

The successful impeachment of Ferdinand Waitutu as Kiambu governor in January this year  by the Kiambu  County Assembly and the sustenance of the removal by the Senate appears to have opened the floodgates for the removal of more county chiefs.

This week, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru faced a 11-member Senate select committee to defend herself against allegations of corruption and abuse of office.

This is after 23 MCAs out of 33 voted in favour of the motion by Mutira ward representative Kinyua Wangui to remove the county boss from office.

Now, up to six other governors are facing imminent impeachment as MCAs gang up to activate removal processes.

Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Mohamed Kuti (Isiolo), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga) are up against their respective county assemblies who are preparing ground for removal.

The intersecting accusations, quite common in all impeachment proceedings, rally around nepotism, political interference, plunder of public resources and demeaning the power and authority of county assemblies.

It was Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr who first made the intentions public, when discussing the route to take in Waiguru’s impeachment – plenary or committee option.

“I want to ask senators to approach this debate on the impeachment of Waiguru in a sober manner bearing in mind there are about five more that are coming,” he told his colleagues in the chambers.

Senator Kilonzo’s  neighbouring county’s Governor, Ngilu, is stet to know her fate next week.

Her impeachment motion is set for tabling on Monday ahead of debate on Tuesday.

The MCAs accuse Ngilu of corruption, conflict of interest, abuse of office and violation of the Constitution and undermining the authority of the assembly. casino malaysia

The motion is reportedly supported by 39 out of 54 MCAs.

In Bungoma, Governor Wangamati of misappropriation of Sh6.9 million Covid-19 funds and skewed recruitment of staff.

In Isiolo, MCAs are accusing Governor Kuti of graft and nepotism. They have questioned Sh359 million allocated to fight Covid 19 in the county.

Isiolo reported its first Covid-19 case in May and so far has seven cases.

Vihiga Governor Ottichilo moved to court to stop the MCAs from impeaching him. They accuse him of  a questionable county wage bill and approving irregular projects.

In the Coast region, Kwale’s Mvurya has been accused of presiding over the water crisis in the county and channeling Sh160 million in a supplementary budget to Covid-19 relief food.

Governor Khaemba is facing possible removal over alleged runaway corruption in his county government.

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu/ COURTESY

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