11 Senators proposed to hear Governor Waiguru’s impeachment motion


11 Senators proposed to hear Governor Waiguru's impeachment motion
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru during a past forum. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Senate Business Committee has proposed an 11-member team to hear and investigate the impeachment motion of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

The Senate plenary is this afternoon set to debate whether the embattled governor’s case will be heard by the committee or the whole House.

The 11 Senators proposed to form the committee include:

  1. Sen. Abshiro Halake
  2. Sen.Michael Mbito
  3. Sen. Mwangi Paul Githiomi
  4. Sen. Beth Mugo
  5. Sen. Anuar Loitiptip
  6. Sen. Philip Mpaayei
  7. Sen. Cleophas Malalah
  8. Sen. Beatrice Kwamboka
  9. Sen. Stewart Madzayo
  10. Sen. Judith Pareno
  11. Sen. Moses Kajwang’

23 out of 33 Kirinyaga Members of County Assembly (MCAs) on June 9, 2020 supported the motion to remove Governor Waiguru from office on the grounds of gross misconduct.

The motion had been filed by Mutira Ward MCA David Kinyua Wangui.

Chaos erupted during the hearing of the motion after two MCAs Anthony Munene (Karumandi ward) and Nominated MCA Lucy Njeri —who are allies of Governor Waiguru— were removed from the proceedings.

Governor Waiguru later released a statement calling out the MCAs for what she termed as an ill-informed and ill-timed impeachment motion.

“As I have stated before, the issues raised in the motion are baseless and a waste of valuable time that would be better spent handling the serious issues impacting the county including the corona crisis,” she said.

The High Court in Nairobi on Thursday last week dismissed a case filed by the Kirinyaga County boss that challenged her ouster.

In his ruling, Justice Weldon Korir noted that the MCAs were satisfied that the COVID-19 pandemic had been contained in the county and they were free to proceed with the impeachment motion without seeking the authority of the court.

“I have carefully looked at the pleadings of the parties and oral submissions its clear to me that the respondents did not violate the orders issued by this court on April 7 when impeaching the petitioner,” the judge said.

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