Senate Committee Gives Waiguru Ultimatum Over Evidence Blunder

  • 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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  • Senate Select Committee chaired by Cleophas Malala has issued an ultimatum to Governor Anne Waiguru after discovering a blunder in her evidence submission.

    In his ruling during the Senate hearing on Tuesday, June 23, Malala ordered the governor to resubmit her evidence after the initial batch was considered unintelligible.

    The ruling came after the lead counsel of the embattled county boss raised three issues including a claim that the documents submitted by the Kirinyaga County Assembly were hard to follow.

    "On his part, the governor's lead counsel raised three preliminary issues as follows: that the county assembly filed an unintelligible bundle of documents that are difficult to follow, that Mr Joseph Otieno who has been summoned to appear before the committee by the county assembly be allowed to appear tomorrow because he is also a witness on behalf of the governor and they raised a primary objection that the county assembly of Kirinyaga has filed documentation that constitute new evidence which is not in the evidence that the governor received from the speaker of the senate

    Senator Cleophas Malala (Left) pictured during the first hearing of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru's impeachment Motion June 23, 2020.
    Senator Cleophas Malala (Left) pictured during the first hearing of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru's impeachment Motion June 23, 2020.
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    "The Committee hereby directs that the governor provides clear copies of the said documents by the end of Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Serve the assembly's lawyers via email and copied to the clerk of the senate," stated Malala.

    The documents include her passport, both diplomatic and ordinary as well as the receipt she had provided for her travel payment.

    The committee also allowed Otieno to be cross-examined by the senate on Wednesday, June 24, as a witness.

    "County Assembly will be at liberty to cross-examine him as well," he added.

    The county assembly was also asked to re-submit their evidence with well pagination as the committee was finding it difficult to follow the available evidence.

    "The committee notes that it would have been desirable for the county assembly to present well-bound documents properly paginated to assist the committee in understanding and deliberating on the matter," he added.

    The Senate committee also declined her request to expunge several documents containing witness statements filed by the Kirinyaga County Assembly.

    The charges against the Kirinyaga County Governor, as per the Motion passed by the Kirinyaga County Assembly include a gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct.

    In a previous address, Waiguru disclosed that she had confidence in her legal team's ability after providing evidence to senate.

    "I have full confidence in my legal team and believe my response is sound. Let's allow the Senate to do its work. I have confidence in the rule of law and believe that Truth and Justice will be our shield and defender.

    "I have confidence in the rule of law and believe that Truth and Justice will be our shield and defender," she stated on Saturday, June 20.

    The evidence presented by Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on June 20, 2020.
    The evidence presented by Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on June 20, 2020.