Kirinyaga MCAs in Show of Defiance After Failed Waiguru Impeachment

  • Kirinyaga Governor wipes her eyes during a Team Embrace rally in 2019
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru wipes her eyes during a Team Embrace rally in 2019
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  • Kirinyaga Members of County Assembly (MCAs) on Tuesday, January 30 renewed their battle with Governor Anne Waiguru days after a Senate Committee cleared her after impeachment hearings.

    The MCAs approved a Ksh15.6 million for Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri's office despite opposition from the Governor.

    The Governor had apparently sought for a zero allocation after Ndambiri supported the bid to oust her.

    The Assembly also approved only Ksh1 million for the office of Kirinyaga County Secretary Joe Muriuki, despite Waiguru recommending an allocation of Ksh111 million.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (right) with husband and lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo (left) in Senate in June 2020
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (right) with husband and lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo (left) in Senate in June 2020
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    The changes were confirmed to reporters by Baragwi ward MCA David Mathenge, who is also the Chairman of the Budget Committee in the County Assembly.

    The moves were seen as a show of defiance by the MCAs who had promised to consider other options to oust Waiguru after the Senate cleared her.

    Among options they revealed were on the table was to initiate a fresh impeachment motion in the County Assembly and take it all the way to the Senate yet again.

    If they were to pursue this option, they would have to collect evidence directly linking the Governor to graft and abuse of office, as the previous bid failed over the issue.

    The 11-member select committee led by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala noted in its report that while various queries emerged on Waiguru's conduct, no clear connection was made between her and alleged shady procurement deals.

    Malala advised the MCAs and the county government led by Waiguru to engage each other in a consultative forum to restore their working relationship.

    "What we will not accept is fake reports. Our Governor is very good at changing documents and coming up with lies. You've seen it before when she was implicated in corruption but escaped while others ended up in the dock.

    "If we don't get justice, we have the freedom to go back to the assembly and start this journey again, we will bring her back here (Senate) until we get justice," Assembly Majority Leader James Murango stated on Tuesday, June 23.

    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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