Governor Waiguru Loses Impeachment Case

  • Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru
    Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru
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  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was on Thursday, June 11, dealt a blow after the case she had filed challenging her impeachment was dismissed.

    Justice Weldon Korir declined to overturn the impeachment of the Kirinyaga Governor ruling that the Kirinyaga MCAs didn't violate any court order. Waiguru will cater for the costs of the suit.

    On Wednesday while moving to court, Waiguru claimed that the impeachment was unlawful because the High Court had temporarily stopped assembly proceedings over Covid-19.

    The embattled Governor had on Tuesday, June 9 obtained a court order to block the County Assembly from impeaching her but it was disregarded.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. She was impeached on June 9, 2020.
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. She was impeached on June 9, 2020.
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    Waiguru was impeached after 23 of the 33 MCAs in the county voted for her removal while only six abstained.

    Her fate is now in the hands of the Senate after Speaker Kenneth Lusaka on Wednesday, June 10 confirmed receiving her impeachment resolution.

    As per the law, the Senate speaker is expected to convene a meeting of the Senate to hear charges against the governor within seven days of the receipt of the notification.

    The MCAs during the special sitting tabled evidence that led to their decision to impeach Waiguru.

    Kinyua Wangui MCA Mutira Ward detailed several tenders that raised questions of conflict of interest as well as misappropriation of public funds.

    Waiguru becomes the second governor in 2020 to come under the threat of impeachment after her Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu was ejected on corruption charges in January 2020.

    Embu's Martin Wambora is one who has lived to tell the tale of surviving impeachment, successfully blocking ejecting attempts by the county assembly a record four times. He challenged each impeachment in the court and emerged victorious.

    Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja in 2019, was almost out when the county assembly moved to eject him. However, he was saved by senators who moved to reject all the allegations of misconduct levelled against him by the MCAs.

    Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu at Movenpick Hotel during Council of Governor's election on January 20, 2020.
    Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu at Movenpick Hotel during Council of Governor's election on January 20, 2020.
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