The county assembly requested to summon the family of impeached Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud to testify in his trial.
County Assembly’s representative, Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi, asked the Senate committee to let him summon the former Governor’s wife and children to testify in the probe.
According to the Senior Counsel, Khaire Omar, Abdi’s wife, and Yussuf Abdi and Barhiya Abdi, his son and daughter respectively, would give critical evidence in the case. Additionally, Ahmednasir wanted the committee to summon Osman Abdi Jimale.
He pointed out that Mr Jimale was a beneficiary and signatory of almost all contracts that the county government had awarded.
“This case revolved around the Governor’s family. The Governor and his wife and children have played a critical role in the degradation of governance in the county,” Ahmednasir said.
The former Governor’s lawyer, Ndegwa Njiru, opposed the request. He alleged that the county assembly was on a fishing expedition.
“As a matter of law, the three witnesses may be competent to testify against the governor. However, you cannot compel them,” he said.
The lawyer also said that allowing the three family members to testify would interfere with the future cohesiveness of the family.
Other than that, the impeached Governor’s lawyer rejected Ahmednasir’s request to produce another affidavit. Ahmednasir wanted to file other affidavits by his witnesses. Njiru also noted that the move was prejudicial to the impeached.