Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru survives impeachment

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Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has survived an impeachment motion against her.

This is after the Senate on Friday dismissed the motion seeking to remove her from office on grounds of abuse of office and gross misconduct.

A report by the special Senate committee led by Kakamega county senator Cleophas Malala cited lack of evidence provided by Members of the County Assembly of Kirinyaga.

 “The Committee having investigated the matter in accordance with its mandate under section 33(4) of the County Government Acts and Standing Order 75(2) of the Senate Standing Orders reports to the Senate that it finds that the two Charges against the Governor have not been substantiated.” reads the report

Waiguru was facing accusations of abuse of office, gross violation of the law and using her office to unconstitutionally confer a benefit to herself when she was irregularly paid travel allowances amounting to Sh10.6 million.

The committee further cited toxic relationship between the MCAs and the governor adding that governor Waiguru was not given enough time to defend herself.

On the allegation of violating procurement regulations, the committee noted that from evidence adduced before it, there was a clear mismanagement of some tenders, but they were not linked to Waiguru thus recommenced that the DCI and EACC delve deeper into the allegations, and using their forensic expertise, identify culprits for prosecution

“Of the 12 tenders listed in the Motion, the County Assembly only prosecuted four of them. Of the four tenders prosecuted, the Committee notes that there was clear mismanagement of the tender process where tenders were awarded to Companies whose bids were not responsive or where there were clear cases of conflict of interest,”  the committee added

 

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