Embattled Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, on the 224th of June 2020, warned the Senate committee of underlying consequences that may follow if they impeach her.
Waiguru was speaking while defending herself against the charges MCAs leveled against her to Senator Cleopas Malala. She further rubbished allegations that she abused her office as the governor.
According to Waiguru, senators should protect governors and county executives from MCAs. She further accused the members of the County Assembly of overstepping their boundaries, making it hard for development to take place.
“Focus must shift to protecting Governors and County Executives from the excessive overstepping of the oversight power by MCAs. My officers are summoned daily and issued threats that they will be removed from office or otherwise sanctioned.”
I am the victim.
Waiguru also claimed that Kirinyaga MCAs have a series of 9 impeachments that they are planning to undertake. The embattled governors further claimed that her case was the first among the nine others as the MCAs plan to destabilize the County.
“Kirinyaga MCAs have also made several statements that this is just one of nine impeachments they have lined up to ensure they destabilize the County totally.”
According to Waiguru, the impeachment process is a long one that takes up valuable time. This, according to her, is unfavorable, seeing that Kirinyaga’s budget is still unapproved despite the MCAs focusing their energy on ousting her.
She also claimed that another consequence would-be politicians would use the Senate as a platform to settle scores. This, according to her, would make the house lose its credibility. She, however, acknowledged that no one could stop a legitimate impeachment motion.
“While you cannot stop legitimate impeachment motions to be prosecuted, you must give sufficient guidelines that ensure that impeachment is not misused. It must not be made a tool for pursuing a vendetta, and the Senate must not be made an accomplice in such endeavors.”
According to Waiguru, this aspect may discourage other potential governors from vying for the seat.
The embattled governor also warned that it would be a wasted effort to empower County Assemblies. She explained that these assemblies should reflect effective government at the grassroots level for Kenyans.
“It has been the desire of the Senate and those who believe in strong devolved governments to erase the history of Councilors in the old local governments which engaged in fisticuffs and other such other unfortunate methods of handling Council business and resolving disputes.”