23 MCAs vote to impeach Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru

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Kirinyaga county governor Anne Waiguru has been impeached.

23 out of 33 MCAs on Tuesday voted to impeach Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru over gross-misconduct and abuse of office.

Kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker Anthony Gathumbi announced Waiguru’s ouster after the required majority voted for Waiguru’s removal from office.

Four members of the county assembly abstained while 4 others were absent.

The motion to impeach Waiguru had been filled by Mutira Ward MCA David Kinyua Wangui.

Kinyua had said that their attempts to meet the governor and address the issues raised have failed.

The governor had earlier on Tuesday threatened to file for contempt against the assembly speaker and MCAs who will proceed with her impeachment motion.

In April, the High Court temporarily stopped the impeachment of Waiguru on grounds that the current Covid-19 pandemic will violate her Constitutional rights to a fair hearing.

Judge Weldon Korir had ruled even though the MCAs were carrying out their mandate, the current coronavirus crisis will not accord parties a fair hearing.

“If the assembly proceeds with the violation of the subsiding court orders, I shall see such orders for contempt against the speaker and all participating members as are available under the law,” Waiguru said.

 

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