Speaker Forced to Intervene After Mwaura's Verbal Onslaught on Waititu

  • Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka was on Wednesday, January 21, forced to intervene after Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura laid a scathing verbal attack on Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu accusing him of stealing the county’s money for self benefits.

    In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Mwaura spoke to give his opinion during the special sitting called to discuss the impeachment process for the governor when his personal opinion about the governor quickly provoked different opinions on the floor of the house.

    “Why do we have to be recalled from recess to come and discuss how an individual in many ways stole money from Kiambu people? He is someone who came from Nairobi to our county and stole our funds.

    “He later had to take the money back to Nairobi for his personal development. The allegations are so gross and are affecting the service delivery to the residents of Kiambu county,” remarked Mwaura.

    Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura with MPs Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Kuria Kimani (Molo) and Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga) address the press in Nairobi in August 2019

    Mwaura’s comment jolted the speaker to cut him short forcing the vocal legislator to retract back to his seat as a commotion ensued.

    This also provoked an uproar from a section of pro-Waititu senators including Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen even as other senators cheered Mwaura on in support of his sentiments.

    The speaker is severally heard heard calling upon Murkomen and other senators to remain calm after they protested Mwaura’s remarks.

    After the speaker managed to bring back the house to order, the nominated senator was allowed back to address the plenary without personal attacks on the Kiambu governor.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the senator held to the stand that he would stand with the people of Kiambu even if it meant speaking against Waititu. 

    “The residents continue to suffer due to the current leadership crisis where they lack medicine in hospitals, poor road networks, delayed approvals, lack of clean water amongst other problems,” remarked Mwaura.

    He further alleged that a section of senators were bribed to defend the governor against a possible impeachment.

    "Am happy to have led a revolt on the floor of the house of Senate that had a predetermined list to favour Waititu so that his impeachment could fail from the word go. 

    “Six of the members had been briefed and met Waititu yesterday in order to save him at the expense of the welfare of the people of Kiambu,” added Mwaura.

    Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu during a council of governors meeting in Nairobi in January 20

    Senators on Tuesday, January 21, agreed to hold a full house sitting to discuss Governor Waititu’s impeachment rejecting a proposal fronted by Murkomen to form a select committee to investigate the matter.