Murang’a Senator Irungu Kangata has urged his fellow lawmakers to set an example by sending Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu home over graft should he be found guilty of the offences.
The Senate is geared towards debating the impeachment motion against Governor Waititu today. Yesterday, Kangata called on his colleagues to set an example by axing at least one governor to send a warning. He tweeted: “Our counties have been looted left, right and centre. At least one chief executive of a county needs to go home to send the right message.” “Senate needs to support HE efforts of fighting corruption. Tomorrow at the Senate’s proceedings for Kiambu County- maybe this is it.”
Earlier this month the Senators were divided as they failed to establish an 11-member special committee to discuss the ouster of Kiambu governor. Instead, the House settled on the whole plenary to discuss the motion and come up with the verdict.During the voting, which involved 44 members of the Senate, 28 members voted in favour of the plenary as the other 16 voted for the special committee.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka last week defended House’s delay to debate the motion terming it unprecedented. “The impeachment took place when the house was on recess and it was not foreseen. And for the speaker to convene a special sitting, I need to get the communication from the leader of the minority and the leader of the majority and 15 Senators because that is our quorum.”
Lusaka added that in the plenary route, members are expected to vote and clear the matter.
Governor Waititu was ousted on December 19, 2019, after 63 Members of the County Assembly voted in favour of his removal, 28 failed to turn up for the session and one voted against the impeachment motion. The impeachment motion was tabled by Ndenderu MCA Solomon Kinuthia who accused the governor of engaging in corrupt dealings, abuse of office and gross misconduct.
The governor was accused of violating the public procurement rules and conflict of interest after it emerged that tenders in the county were awarded to companies owned by relatives. He was also accused of breaching the county procedures by hiring casual workers without the involvement of the County Service Board.