Governor Waititu Resumes Duties, Schedules Cabinet Meeting
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu announced his resumption of official duties on December 5, while addressing residents at Limuru Market in Kiambu County.
Sports CEC Karungo Thang’wa who had accompanied Waititu told Kenyans.co.ke that the governor made clear his resumption to official duties, and scheduled a Cabinet meeting for December 6.
The governor also tasked his CECs to bring him up to speed about their operations since July 2019.
In a ruling by the Senate on December 5, the house threw out a motion by Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, which intended to give deputy governors absolute powers to undertake roles of governors in the latter's continuous absence.
The ruling read by Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki further indicated that the powers of the governor are not limited to an office.
“If a governor facing criminal charges is barred by the court to access the county office, it is because the office has become a scene of crime, which is made out of bounds to suspects to preserve evidence and to protect the scene.
“The governor has not ceased to hold office in any way,” read Kindiki.
Kindiki further stated that a governor facing charges can conduct his official duties at a place other than his official offices.
“The County Government of Kiambu is located at Kiambu Town, these provisions notwithstanding, there is no law providing that a governor can only perform the functions or exercise the powers of the office only when in the county government offices,” read the deputy speaker.
On November 20, Waititu went to court with a fresh application against his estranged deputy.
In an application of urgency, Waititu sought the stay of execution of a High Court order barring him from accessing his office.
Waititu, his wife and officials from the county were accused of embezzling public funds to the tune of Ksh588 million.
The magistrate had on July 30, granted him bail with strict terms not to access his office.
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