Waiguru's Impeachment Motion Tabled

  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru makes an address during the Narok Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) consultative meeting on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru makes an address during the Narok Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) consultative meeting on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
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  • Members of Kirinyaga County Assembly have laid grounds for the impeachment of Governor Anne Waiguru after a motion was tabled.

    Citizen Digital on Tuesday, March 31, reported that Mutira Ward Representative Kinyua Wangui filed the motion, accusing the governor of gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct.

    “The County assembly now resolves to remove Hon. Anne Mumbi (herein referred to as the County Governor) from the office of the county governor of Kirinyaga, pursuant to Article 181 (1) (a) & (c) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Section 33 of the County Governments Act, 2012 and the County Assembly Standing Order. No 58,” the motion read in part.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru addresses mourners during the burial of Jane Wanjiku Mburati at Kambarare Village, Gichugu constituency on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru addresses mourners during the burial of Jane Wanjiku Mburati at Kambarare Village, Gichugu constituency on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
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    Wangui alleged that Waiguru had intentionally "refused, failed or neglected" to duly deliver to the county on the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

    Wangui further claimed that Waiguru undermined the county assembly's authority. 

    Wangui argued that MCAs were mandated with the legislation, oversight and approving county policies and visions on development and management of the county government's infrastructure and institution, something she alleges Waiguru failed to respect.

    She stated that Waiguru was required to submit her plans for the county before the assembly for approval.

    “That the governor’s failure to comply with Section 30 (2) (f), (j) and (k) of the County Government Act 2012 not only undermines the power and the authority of the county assembly to offer oversight and approve various developmental plans, but also greatly clogs the wheels of Wanjiku-oriented development in Kirinyaga County,” the motion further reads.

    Waiguru was also on the spot over a tender which the MCA Wangui alleged was awarded irregularly.

    The lawmaker highlighted a company, Joames Investment Limited, to have been awarded a tender by the governor despite falling short on the legal due process.

    “The tender was unilaterally undertaken by Master Rock Construction Company whose bid was non-responsive, thereby violating the constitution and the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act, 2015 and the regulations therein,” Wangui argued.

    She also highlighted yet another tender which the governor used to acquire her official vehicle for Ksh15 million. Wangui stated that the purchase was illegal despite a similar acquisition by former Governor Joseph Ndathi.

    “(This) action amounts to imprudent use of public resources, and in furtherance of the corrupt practices,” Wangui stated in the motion.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru leads inspection of a Modern Hospital Complex under construction at the Kerugoya Referal Hospital on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru leads inspection of a Modern Hospital Complex under construction at the Kerugoya Referal Hospital on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
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