Wajir Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ali Muktar, has officially taken office as the new governor following the impeachment of Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.
Muktar was sworn in on Tuesday at midday at the Wajir County Headquarters. Presiding over the ceremony was Justice Said Chitembwe, with Mukhtar set to become Wajir’s third governor.
Turning point for service delivery
Speaking during the swearing ceremony, Muktar said that his administration would offer a turning point for delivering services to Wajir county residents, seeing as senators impeached his predecessor on charges of abuse of office.
“This ceremony is expected to be the turning point for the service delivery for the people of Wajir,” Muktar said, “I commit myself to prioritize services, especially health, education, and the water sector. I also promise to strengthen the unity bond between the people of Wajir.”
Muktar has promised to meet with health workers today, promising to address their concerns, as the health workers have been on strike for a week.
Muktar also promised to steer clear of nepotism and skewed resource allocation, which he said eroded people’s confidence in the leadership.
Senators uphold impeachment
On Monday, 25 senators of the 47 voted to uphold the impeachment of Mohamud, passing the 24 votes constitutional threshold. Two senators opposed the motion while a further four abstained.
Then, an 11-member Committee held a trial for Mohamud’s impeachment and submitted a 144-page removal which recommended his removal.
Mohamud was facing accusations of causing Wajir’s health sector rotting, including misappropriating over Ksh 2.4 billion allocated for the medical service department. The county could not conduct COVID-19 tests due to a lack of reagents and faulty test kits due to the misappropriation.
The situation is also what has led to the strike by healthcare workers in the county.
Mohamud is the third governor to be removed from office due to gross misconduct, following former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. However, he became the 9th to face impeachment since the new constitution’s promulgation.
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