Governors have praised the Senate for overturning the impeachment of Governor Mwangi wa Iria by the County Assembly of Murang'a.

Council of Governors (CoG) Vice Chairman Salim Mvurya said the senators applied the law as provided by the Constitution, and that it showed they not only support the law but also embrace the devolution process.

"The Senate did set very high standards for this and generations to come; that the rule of law is the backbone of every nation. Without it, a country can only be considered decadent," said Mr Mvurya.

He, however, clarified that failure to impeach Mr Iria does not mean counties will be operating without control.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, he added that the issues surrounding billions of shillings that are being siphoned from public coffers through embezzlement, fraud, bribery and mismanagement need to be addressed urgently.

"As a nation, we need to address this vice, which has continued to compromise service delivery and economic growth at both levels," he said.

Mvurya urged oversight and anti-graft agencies to respect the rule of law, and not use powers bestowed upon them to settle political differences.

On October 21, 34 out of 49 Murang'a MCAs voted Iria out accusing him of gross misconduct and misappropriation of public funds.

But the Senate's special committee made up of 11 members and chaired by Kitui Senator David Musila found the impeachment to be unconstitutional.

The Senate rejected the reasons advanced by the MCA's for Iria's removal from office.

The committee indicated that charges levelled against the governor did not meet the constitutional threshold for impeachment.

A section of senators were, however, not happy with the committee's findings and wanted the House to be given an opportunity to debate the report.

But Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro dismissed the request saying the committee's decision was final.