Kiambu showdown: Impeachment motions against Waititu, Nyoro postponed

Kiambu showdown: Impeachment motions against Waititu, Nyoro postponed
Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro and Governor Ferdinand Waititu. PHOTOS | COURTESY

A showdown looms in Kiambu County as the Governor Ferdinand Waititu and Deputy Governor James Nyoro axis flex their muscles in a plot to impeach one another from office.

Impeachment motions against the two were scheduled for debate on Tuesday but were moved to next week as both teams consolidate their numbers to remove either Waititu or Nyoro from office.

Waititu’s impeachment motion was moved to Wednesday, December 18 while that of Nyoro slated for Thursday, December 19.

In postponing Waititu’s impeachment motion, it was argued that this was to give the embattled county boss notice to appear in the county assembly to defend himself.

The assembly is understood to be trying to avoid accusations of impeaching the governor without according him a fair hearing. Equally, the postponement was to give time for the involvement of the public through public participation and ultimately to give room for both sides to galvanize and consolidate their numbers ahead of the debate

MCAs want Waititu out of office on several charges including abuse of office, gross misconduct, conflict of interest in using proxy companies to trade with the county and failure to comply with procurement regulations.

On their part, the Waititu wing wants to edge Nyoro out claiming he is physically and mentally incapacitated to run the county affairs and forceful entry and assumption of the governors duties. This is exemplified by Nyoro’s attempt to remove the county Finance and Sports CEC from office, responsibilities bestowed upon the governor.

Sources indicate that Waititu retreated with at least 26 MCAs backing him in Njoro on Tuesday to strategize on impeaching his deputy while at the same time save him from impeachment.

With 92 MCAs in the Kiambu County Assembly, 60 MCAs were present during Tuesday’s session that postponed Waititu’s impeachment — both sides now wooing 6 MCAs who appear undecided on which side to back.

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