Court bars Senate from discussing Governor Samboja impeachment

Court bars Senate from discussing Governor Samboja impeachment
File image of Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja. PHOTO | COURTESY

The High Court in Nairobi on Thursday barred the Senate from discussing the impeachment of  Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja pending the hearing of a case filed by the governor.

The Senate on Tuesday formed a special committee to investigate allegations by Taita Taveta Members of County Assembly (MCAs) that led to Samboja’s ouster last week.

The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday and was set to commence its proceedings next week.

However, on Thursday morning the court issued orders stopping the senate and its agents from “deliberating, discussing or continuing with the impeachment of Samboja pending the hearing and determination of the case set for October 28, 2019.”

Last week, the High Court temporarily suspended the decision by the Taita Taveta County Assembly to impeach Governor Samboja.

Justice James Makau issued the conservatory order barring the speaker of the county from submitting to the Senate the resolution recommending the impeachment of the governor.

The assembly voted to impeach the governor and recommended his removal from office, citing gross violation of the law.

The ward reps accuse the governor of gross misconduct, misappropriation of funds and failure to assent to the 2019/2020 budget which they say has led to underdevelopment in the county.

The MCAs also accuse the governor of failing to provide leadership in the budget making process.

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