Stop reducing impeachment motion to love matters, MP tells CS Linturi

Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi (L) and Bumula MP Jack Wamboka at the National Assembly on Wednesday, May 8. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Bumula Member of Parliament Jack Wamboka asserts that an impeachment motion he sponsored against Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi should not be trivialized as a love matter.

Wamboka, addressing an 11-member committee hearing the impeachment motion, emphasised that the Agriculture CS should not play down a significant issue such as the fertiliser scandal. 

This comes after Linturi implied that his ex-wife, Aldai MP Maryanne Kitany, was behind the motion to remove him from office.

"I have reviewed the document submitted by my good friend Mithika Linturi, and it's nothing more than a love letter from a jilted lover. These are grave matters of national importance and should not be reduced to matters of love," said Wamboka. 

"It's unfair that your private matters should keep coming up whenever serious matters are raised. The good lady should be left in peace," he added.

The Bumula lawmaker highlighted that the Cabinet Secretary had been implicated in another scandal involving imported sugar, which was released to the public despite being unfit for human consumption.

"This is not the first scandal involving this CS; we had the sugar scandal, and now fertiliser. We have seen a rise in cases of diseases, and some are a result of this. We are awaiting reports from medical experts to determine the extent to which the fertilizer affected humanity," he said.

When tabling the motion, Wamboka listed three grounds for impeachment, including gross violation of the Constitution or any other law, and gross misconduct.