Senate To Determine Fate Of Wambora

The meeting comes a day after the besieged Governor obtained a court order stopping the Senate from embarking on the process that could see him removed from office.

The county government’s act requires Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro to convene a senate meeting to hear the charges seven days after receipt of the impeachment notice.

The Senate is required to form a committee which will look into the charges levelled against the TNA governor before deciding on the way forward.

The Embu County Assembly impeached Wambora after garnering the requisite 22 out of 33 votes.

The accusations levelled against the Governor included: gross violation of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005, the Public Finance Management Act 2012, the County Governments Act 2012, and the Kenyan Constitution, all related to abuse of office.

The motion was passed on Tuesday, making Embu the first county to impeach its Governor and Deputy Governor.

The motion was passed despite a court order barring them from debating the motion until February 5.

Meanwhile, the Council of Deputy Governors is moving to the Supreme Court to seek an interpretation of the law when it comes to the impeachment of the Governor.

The Council contends that it is illegal to throw out the Deputy Governor when the Governor is impeached.

The Council was responding to the impeachment of Embu County's Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi for financial transgressions allegedly committed by her Governor.

The Deputy Governors argue that the constitution does not envisage a vacuum when the Governor and his Deputy are sent home simultaneously and thus provided in article 182(2) that if the Governor is impeached, his deputy would take over for the remainder of the term.

By Maureen Murimi

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