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Kiambu Governor Waititu Out as Senators Vote to Endorse His Impeachment

by M Nyongesa
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Embattled Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu has been kicked out of office.

This is after the Senate on Wednesday, 29th January 29 voted to remove him, upholding his impeachment by the Kiambu County Assembly.

The Senators endorsed the removal of Waititu from the position due to gross misconduct and abuse of office.

Waititu had been accused of corruption and abuse of office by the MCAs, who initiated impeachment proceedings against him on December 19, 2019.

However, the governor, through his lawyers, had argued that the impeachment was flawed and pleaded with the Senate to throw out the case.

Waititu said the MCAs did not follow the procedure as stipulated in the County Government Act and Standing Orders in impeaching him.

Specifically, the former county boss claimed there was no requisite number of members in the House during his impeachment. 

“The Senate must consider the process that the motion went through in the county assembly. The assembly did not provide a list of members who voted in favour of the motion,” lawyer Charles Njenga said.

He added: “The Governor of Kiambu was not impeached in the county assembly. The motion before you is, therefore, untenable and should be dropped.”

Lawyer Peter Wanyama, also acting for Waititu, questioned the decision of Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka to convene the House 28 days after the impeachment of the governor by the assembly.

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