High Court Temporarily Stops Gov Ngilu's Impeachment Motion

  • Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
    Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
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  • Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu on Friday, June 26, landed a major win in the bid to stop her impeachment by the members of the county assembly.

    High Court temporarily barred Kitui Members of County Assembly from tabling or debating an impeachment motion against the county boss until the case she filed is heard and determined. 

    Early this month, 40 MCAs out of 56 sought to oust Governor Ngilu in a signed impeachment motion dubbed “the removal of Hon Charity Ngilu from the office of the governor by impeachment”

    In the motion presented to the speaker by Majority Leader in the Assembly Peter Kilonzo, the MCAs want to eject the governor on allegations of violating the constitution and provisions of the County Government Act, abuse of office and failure to account for public funds.

    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu at the Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) on October 27, 2018.
    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu at the Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) on October 27, 2018.
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    Locals were also given until Friday the 26th of this month to present their views regarding the impeachment motion.

    The MCAs faulted the governor for not complying with the two-thirds gender rule in the appointments of Members of the County Executive Committee.

    “Out of the seven, only one is a woman - the governor herself. She has failed to nominate more women and comply with the two-thirds gender rule which is a gross violation of the constitution. It is quite astonishing that the governor being a woman herself has continuously elected to oppress and deny the women of Kitui their constitutional rights, privileges and opportunities,” the document reads in part.

    On June 10, the MCAs rejected all of Ngilu's 6 nominees to the County Public Service Board (CPSB) opening a new battle-front.

    In a rejoinder on Tuesday, June 16, Miltonic Kitute, the Chairman of Ngilu's Narc Party, announced that it would be petitioning President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the County Government of Kikuyu.

    Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka met a section of the MCAs before the impeachment motion was presented to the speaker.

    “I am aware that Kitui MCAs want to impeach Governor Ngilu, I don’t want to be dragged into their Assembly business but it is important for Wiper MCAs to respect the party position and speak with one voice,” he stated.

    Ngilu is the second female governor facing impeachment after Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was cleared by an 11-member senate committee.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
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