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Enact laws to question leaders' errant ways and not cover them

By Letters | July 5th 2020 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Article 181 of the constitution distinctively lays out strict grounds for removal of a governor from office.  Devolution is on the test. Some governors and MCAs continue to draw swords to prove who is legitimately and objectively functioning. When the Senate Committee made prior decision to salvage Anne Waiguru, citation of weak and unsubstantiated evidence made the impeachment out of favour. Leadership and politics are universal and the constitution must remain the point of reference. What holds as watertight evidence to impeach a collectively responsible governor? Development, particularly in Third World countries must imitate and bridge link with developed countries. Promulgating the constitution in 2010 meant that Kenyans were ready to move far away from ignorance, poverty, and illiteracy. Some laws that touch on impeachment of elected leaders were borrowed from the US and Britain. The legitimate state of leadership in the two powers speaks for self. Plundering public resources calls for dire consequences against the leader in charge.

In 2016, David Cameron resigned as the UK prime minister due to Brexit plebiscite and two years down the line Teresa May resigned because she failed to broker a Brexit deal. If indeed Africa wants to have a vision and mission to accomplish, our leadership and laws must intermarry. Claims by MCAs made during impeachment motions since the new constitution inception are sufficient enough for a governor to resign or get impeached. The committee or plenary of both houses (Senate and National Assembly) must protect the interest of citizens independently. As the second Senate in the post-new constitution era, much is needed to strengthen and adapt to techniques and methods prescribed by law to propel justice. The people and leaders must take charge and promote democracy and equity. 

-Oluchina Antony, Eldoret

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