Senator Tabitha Karanja Pushes for Governor Susan Kihika's Impeachment Over Hospital Chaos

A collage of Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja (left) and Governor Susan Kihika (right)
A collage of Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja (left) and Governor Susan Kihika (right)
Nakuru County Government

Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja Keroche on Tuesday called on Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to impeach Governor Susan Kihika.

The Senator accused the Governor of failing to demonstrate leadership leading to wrangles between the Nakuru County Government and the management of the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital that have culminated in patients being caught in the cross fire.

In the most recent episode, a family confronted a Nakuru Kanjo at the medical facility after the staffer disconnected a dialysis machine from their relative's bed. 

Senator Keroche further complained that patients went for hours without being attended to while others were kicked out.

"As Nakuru people, we call upon our MCAs to draw an impeachment motion regarding the governor's conduct and ethics, failure to do so, we as Nakuru people will compel them to do so by following Article One of the constitution," she stated.

Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja addressing a crowd on July 4, 2023
Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja addressing a crowd on July 4, 2023
Tabitha Karanja

Karanja faulted Kihika for interfering with the hospital's operations and affecting hundreds of patients.

She claimed that the Governor never follows the rule of law and doesn't respect court orders.

The lawmaker reiterated that she will forward the matter to President William Ruto who is expected to tour the region.

According to Karanja, what Governor Kihika had put the residents through since Friday was unforgivable. She further condemned the attack on the hospital by the county government.

"We sincerely sympathise with the patients and their next of kin, the doctors, workers, and the investors. We pray that God gives them endurance and power to overcome," she wrote.

In the last week, patients at the hospital were forcefully transferred to the Nakuru Provisional General Hospital Annex Wing following the dispute between the two parties.

The county government had sought orders to take over the hospital in 2023 but the court halted the process.

However, the county began the takeover process in 2024 when kanjos raided the hospital in a chaotic episode where kanjos broke property as reported by some patients at the time.

Five government officials and directors at the hospital have been arrested and charged for allegedly forging documents to change ownership of the disputed land.

Governor Kihika on Wednesday defended the raid at the medical facility stating that it was necessary to reclaim the parcel which she claimed is public land.

On Tuesday, Senator Karanja revealed that the court had allowed the management to regain access to the facility after the county officers raid, and warned the county government against contempt.

Nakuru County askaris restrict patients from accessing the War Memorial Hospital on January 22, 2024
Nakuru County askaris outside the War Memorial Hospital on January 22, 2024
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