‘It’s a historic victory,’ Waiguru says after surviving impeachment


'It's a historic victory,' Waiguru says after surviving impeachment
File image of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru during a public rally in February 24, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has hailed the decision by the Senate Select Committee to drop her impeachment by the Kirinyaga County Assembly.

While acquitting Governor Waiguru on Friday, the Senate Committee observed that the County Assembly failed to directly link her to the allegations of abuse of office, violation of the law and gross misconduct.

The Kirinyaga Governor termed the committee’s verdict as a “historic victory” insisting that the impeachment process was politically instigated to tarnish her name.

“The conclusion of my impeachment process today marks a remarkable and historic victory not only for me but for the people of Kirinyaga County. It is profoundly clear that this impeachment process did not meet the required threshold and that it was all a choreographed plan of events that was aimed at tarnishing my name,” said Waiguru in a press statement adding that “But as I said before, I forgive the forces behind it.”

She claimed her woes were triggered by the BBI and handshake politics, terming repeated questions on her integrity as lies that would not turn into truth.

“As I said before, my woes are solely because of my stand for BBI and support for the Handshake between His Excellency the President of Kenya Uhuru and Former Prime Minister Hon. Raila Odinga. I will not stop my support or change my commitment to what will be for the betterment of our children, for women and the country as a whole,” said the Governor.

“I urge us not to lose sight of truth. Just because a lie repeated severally sounds like the truth, it does not in any way change the truth.”

Waiguru hailed her legal team led by Kamotho Waiganjo who she termed as a husband from heaven.

“I am grateful to my able team of lawyers who tirelessly perused volumes of evidence in rebuttal to the allegations
raised against me and ably proved that none of them was in any way true.

Special thanks to my Husband who has been amazingly supportive throughout this process. A friend of mine recently said that there are husbands from heaven and then there are husbands who come walking. You are definitely one from heaven,” she said.

Kirinyaga residents expressed mixed reactions over the decision by the Senate Committee to acquit Governor Waiguru on the impeachment charges leveled against her with celebrations being witnessed in Mwea and Kagio.

Celebrations in part Kirinyaga after impeachment of Governor Anne Waiguru was dropped. PHOTO | COURTESY

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