Governor survives ouster after mover withdraws motion

Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu
FILE PHOTO: Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu

The motion to impeach Laikipia County Governor Joshua Irungu flopped after the mover applied for its withdrawal amidst a heated debate in the Laikipia County Assembly Thursday afternoon.

The mover Mwangi Maruga told the House that he needed more time to gather incriminating evidence to strengthen his bid to oust the Governor.

Maruga said he was looking for a ‘mother of all documents’ containing details of the Governor who has been mismanaging the county’s resources.

However, the decision to withdraw the impeachment motion threw the House into disarray after some members questioned the motive of abandoning it.

Nominated MCA Daisy Maitho said that the hasty renunciation of the motion by some of her colleagues who had appended their signature to give credence to the impeachment was questionable.

Maruga had gathered the prerequisite number of signatures having gotten 11 of the 23 sitting MCAs in the assembly to move the motion.

House Majority Leader Mwangi Kamakia protested the decision to withdraw the motion saying that the mover had enough time to gather the materials he required to support the impeachment bid.

The Majority Leader told the House that further delay will only instill anxiety in residents.

He also mentioned that some members supporting it could have sensed defeat prompting Mr. Maruga to apply for a withdrawal.

In his ruling, Assembly Speaker Patrick Mariru stated that the withdrawal request by the mover cannot be denied since he was doing so on his own volition.

This comes a week after Governor Irungu defended himself against the impeachment motion citing that the motion was politically orchestrated and urged Laikipia residents to remain calm and ignore the debate.

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