Barely hours after being kicked out of office by the Senate’s endorsement of his impeachment, embattled Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu Baba Yao has moved to court to challenge the decision.
Waititu on Thursday morning, 30th January, arrived at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, in the company of his legal team.
He is also seeking orders to stop the swearing-in of his deputy, Dr James Nyoro, as the new governor.
On Wednesday night, the Senate voted to endorse Waititu’s impeachment.
He was impeached by the Kiambu County Assembly on the grounds of abuse of office and gross misconduct.
His two-day trial and eventual impeachment was a double blow for the governor who had been barred from accessing his office following a court order in a corruption case.
Speaker of the Senate Kenneth Lusaka on Wednesday night gazetted the impeachment and removal from office of Waititu.
According to the gazette notice the went viral hours after Baba Yao’s impeachment, the embattled Waititu was found guilty of:
- Gross violation of the Constitution of Kenya, the County Government Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act;
- Crimes under the National law;
- Abuse of Office/Gross Misconduct.
Waititu’s decision to move to court is similar to that of his Embu counterpart.
Embu Governor Martin Wambora, who was impeached in a similar fashion, was shielded by court orders.
The Senate’s impeachment of Mr Wambora was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which ruled there was no clear evidence that the governor had acted in gross violation of the Constitution.