Senate to Determine Waititu’s Fate After the Impeachment

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Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was subjected to an impeachment motion that went through various sessions before its success.

Waitutu was stripped his position for the gubernatorial seat following a motion to oust him. Ndenderu MCA Solomon Kinuthia forwarded the motion to the County Assembly. 

Meanwhile, 63 voted him out while 28 were absent from the session. However, Kiambu Township Rep Antony Ikonya voted in favor of his retention.

The governor has been accused of; gross misconduct, abuse of power and corruption. The accusations stated that tenders for the county were awarded to relatives. A violation of procurement rules for public and conflict of interest.

Waititu was also charged with breaching county procedures through the casual workers he hired without involving the County Service Board.

Mr. Kinuthia said that it was a big win for the people of Kiambu. A move that also proved the ongoing battle against impunity, corruption and resource wastage in Kiambu. He added that they anticipated for the full oust by the senate.

The battled governor and his wife Susan Wangari and other eight individuals are yet to answer a case regarding the mystery of the Sh580 million tenders.  According to the allegations they awarded themselves through irregular means.

Waititu’s fate now lies in the in the hands of the senate after the successful battle for impeachment by the county assembly.

In reference to the law, the Senate is expected to either form a committee or determine as a whole house whether the claims leading to impeachment are substantiated; within 10 days after the resolutions from the speaker.

50% Approval by Elected Senators

In case the senate convenes a special committee, the verdict next have approval by 50% of the elected senators. Thereafter, the governor will appear before the committee or the house at large to respond to charges raised against him.

If the claims are substantiated, Mr. Waititu will again appear before the house prior to a decision. On the other hand, if the claims will not be substantiated the proceedings will come to an end.

Other governors including Martin Wambora for Kiambu, Paul Chepkwony for Kericho and Granton Samboja for Taita-Taveta are among governors’ names lined for impeachment.

Waititu is hopefully waiting for a ruling by the judiciary where he has applied for restoration to office. However, the mystery of whether the Senate will save his waning political star is yet to be known.

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