Senate votes to send home Kiambu boss
SEE ALSO :Baba Yao fights backThe three charges were gross violation of the Constitution, County Government Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act on crimes under the national law and abuse of office/gross misconduct. Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, while moving the Motion, regretted that the House had reduced itself to a quasi-judicial body and accused colleagues of playing to the gallery instead of defending counties and county governments. “The counsel for the governor raised a fundamental question; did the assembly meet the constitutional two-thirds majority? In fact, during the cross-examination, it was revealed that it was not met,” said Murkomen. He added: “Whereas other decisions we make politically, I hope the decision we will make today will be for posterity.” “We must put weight on the documents and evidence supplied by the county assembly. If the charges and evidence lead to a conclusion we will acquit, we will do so without any apologies, but not the political inclinations that we are being whipped to support,” he noted while urging his colleagues to oppose the Motion.
SEE ALSO :Senate to rule on Waititu’s removalSenate Minority leader James Orengo termed the impeachment Motion against Waititu an unfortunate case, saying the legal team let Waititu down. Political affiliation Waititu sought to portray the three charges against him as motivated by politics, pleading with Senators not to "crucify" him based on his political affiliation, as politicians would always switch allegiances. Waitutu joins the likes of Embu Governor Martin Wambora, who was impeached twice, but was saved by the courts. Although he did not mention it, Waititu seemed to blame his tribulations on his association with Ruto - he was the only county chief who frequently accompanied the DP in his nationwide tours until he was hounded by the graft charges. In his final plea, Waititu urged Senators not to judge him based on the prevailing political circumstances, saying it would be unfair if he is removed unceremoniously just because he was not in the politically correct camp. Politics change, he said, adding that even though today he might be on a different political divide, the next day he could move to another.
SEE ALSO :Senate to discuss Waititu on Tuesday“It is very unfair for someone who has worked hard, to be removed just like that, unceremoniously. It may be because I am not in the right political divide but tomorrow, with politics, I can change and be with you. Who knows?” Waititu posed. “We have been changing parties, nobody knows what will happen. So you cannot judge a politician from what was happening last week or yesterday. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. So I beseech you, don’t judge me on what happened or what is prevailing now. Please handle may case like any other case,” the governor pleaded. Waititu urged the House not to condemn him as a thief until he is proven guilty by a court of law. “That this House from today henceforth must make a ruling that will change the narrative in Kiambu, because they have made it to the level that there are professional bloggers and demonstrators. They wake up every day to malign other people’s names. I am married, nobody should conclude that I am a thief. I have a right like any other Kenyans,” he pleaded. The charges Waititu was accused of abuse of office by influencing award of lucrative tenders to his wife and daughters, dispossessing a widow of prime land in Thika, which he was accused of allocating to his other wife, violation of the constitution and subsidiary laws, irregular hiring of 600 casuals as well as violating budget ceilings by spending Sh2.1billion against approved Sh1.4 billion for tarmacking roads.
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