Waiguru impeachment: Kangata denies pushing for 11-member team
Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata has rubbished claims that he has been mobilizing support for an 11-member team for the Governor Anne Waiguru impeachment proceedings.
According to him, it is the Senate Business Committee that made the proposal during a meeting on Friday afternoon.
“It is the House that makes the decision and whatever decision will be rendered on Tuesday will be a fair and just decision that ensures justice is for the Governor of Kirinyaga and the MCAs who initiated the impeachment process,” Kangata told journalists.
He reiterated that the Senate is not swayed by extraneous issues such as politics or money as its decisions are based on evidence.
The committee is expected to present the order paper during the preliminary sitting on Monday to decide how Waiguru’s case will be heard.
Citizen TV has established that the proposed members of the Senate team include:
- Gideon Moi (Baringo)
- Beth Mugo (nominated)
- Anuar Oloitiptip (Lamu)
- Mohamed Muhammud (Mandera)
- Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi)
- Abshiro Halaqe (nominated)
- Cleophas Malala (Kakamega)
- Beatrice Kwamboka (nominated)
- Judith Pareno (nominated)
- Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay)
- Enoch Wambua (Kitui)
Meanwhile, Kirinyaga Woman Rep Purity Ngirici has expressed her dismay over the proposal to have a Senate committee for the impeachment proceedings.
Speaking on Friday at Murinduko during a food distribution exercise for locals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ngirici said the case should be tabled before the entire Senate.
“Hawa watu wa Kirinyaga wananituma na wanasema waskizwe vizuri. Kwamba hiyo kesi ya Gavana wa Kirinyaga about misappropriation of county funds isifanywe na watu kumi na moja ambao ni select committee. Ambao watapewa miliona moja moja ama mbili mbili alafu kutoka hapo pesa ya Kirinyaga ipotee na ukweli upotee. Tunataka kesi ifanywe na 67 Senators in the Senate!” she said.
Governor Waiguru is expected to appear before the Senate to defend herself over allegations of gross misconduct claims of misappropriating county funds.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating the allegations.
Governor Waiguru maintains that the push for her ouster is a political witch-hunt and ill-timed considering that the county is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The embattled county boss had moved to the High Court seeking orders to bar the impeachment proceedings until her case is heard and determined.
However, Justice Weldon Korir in his ruling noted that the Kirinyaga MCAs had proven that the COVID-19 situation at the county had been contained and the impeachment process should proceed.
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