Swift! Waititu impeachment gazetted, Nyoro swearing-in anytime

Done and Out: Impeached Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. He has vowed to take the battle to save his job to the courts. [File, Standard]

In a lightning move, the Speaker of the Senate Kenneth Lusaka last night gazetted the impeachment and removal from office of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu Babayao hours after the House passed a motion to that effect.

The gazetting also cleared the way for another equally swift move — the swearing-in of Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro.

High Court Judge John Onyiego is expected to swear in Mr Nyoro as the third Kiambu governor anytime from now.

According to the gazette notice,  the Senate found Waititu 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.

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According to lawyers we spoke to, the governor can seek the reversal of the impeachment all the way to the Supreme Court.

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 that ruled there was no clear evidence that the governor acted in gross violation of the Constitution.

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How Babayao went home

The two-day trial and eventual impeachment of Waititu was a double blow for the governor who was barred from accessing his office following a court order in a corruption case.

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Pro-handshake senators ganged up to uphold all the three charges tabled against him.

This, is as the differences between the warring Jubilee factions of Kieleweke  (pro-President Uhuru Kenyatta and Tanga Tanga (associated with Deputy President William Ruto) played out their differences on the floor of the House.

The Tanga group spiritedly tried to save Waititu from sinking into political ruin, arguing that the Kiambu  County Assembly did not a two-thirds majority to constitute quorum ahead of the impeachment.

They accused their colleagues of playing to a political gallery and that Governor Waititu was being impeached because of his political stand.

In the first charge of violating the Constitution, 27 senators voted to impeach the governor while 12 voted to rescue him; in the second charge of violating national laws, 28 against 11 voted for the ouster and in the third charge of abuse of office it was 28 verses 11.

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At the end of the day, 28 senators voted to end Waititu’s 27-month long reign as the governor of the largest county by population.

How they voted according to the Hansard

For Impeachment

  1. Reubenson Kibiru - Kirinyaga
  2. Adan Fatuma – Isiolo
  3. Mutula Kilonzo – Makueni
  4. Kimani Wamatangi – Kiambu
  5.  Ephraim Maina – Nyeri
  6. Ibrahim Ali – Wajir
  7. Yusuf Haji – Garissa
  8. Boy Issa Juma – Kwale
  9.  Mwadzayo Mwachirifu – Kilifi
  10. Cleopas Malala – Kakamega
  11. Okong’o Mogeni – Nyamira
  12. Gideon Moi - Baringo
  13. Boniface Mutinda – Machakos
  14.  Mwashushe Mwaruma – Taita
  15. Mwinyi Faki – Mombasa
  16.  Moses Kajwang’ - Homa Bay
  17. Njeru Ndwiga – Embu
  18. Ledama Olekina – Narok
  19. Samson Ongeri – Kisii
  20. James Orengo – Siaya
  21.  Samuel Poghisio - West Pokot
  22. Johnson Sakaja - Nairobi
  23.  Margaret Jepkoech- Uasin Gishu
  24. Amos Wako- Busia
  25.  Enock Wambua - Kitui
  26. George Khaniri -Vihiga

Against

  1. Samson Cherargei – Nandi
  2. Aaron Cheruiyot – Kericho
  3. Hargura Godana – Marsabit
  4. Susan Kihika – Nakuru
  5. Andrew Langat – Bomet
  6. Mithika Linturi – Meru
  7. Anwar Loitiptip – Lamu
  8. Kipchumba Murkomen - Elgeyo Marakwet
  9. Kinyua Nderitu – Laikipia
  10. Mary Yone – Nominated
  11. Moses Wetang’ula – Bungoma

Those who did not vote

  1. Isaac Mwaura – Nominated
  2. Beth Mugo – Nominated
  3. Halakhe Abshiro – Nominated
  4. Rose Nyamunga – Nominated
  5. Gertrude Musuruve - Nominated

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