Senate Special Committee on Impeachment Ends Hearings, to Table Report Friday
The Special Committee on the Proposed Removal from Office of the Governor of Kirinyaga County chaired by Sen Cleophas Malala ended its two-day hearing on Wednesday evening having heard from three witnesses presented by the Governor’s Counsel and Closing Arguments from both sides.
The conclusion of hearings sets the stage for preparation of the Special Report and its tabling at a Special Sitting of the Senate which has been appointed to be Friday 26th June, through Gazette Notice by the Speaker of the Senate, Rt Hon Kenneth Lusaka.
Governor Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), in her Closing Statement, was confident that her lawyers have dispelled the false allegations that formed the basis of her impeachment.
“We have seen that they [allegations] are an affront to the impeachment process as prescribed in the Constitution… I reiterate that these kinds of falsehoods not only demean the legislative arm of the County Government but are proof that the motion was only seeking to malign my name with an ulterior motive by the MCAs,” remarked Hon Waiguru.
On its part, the Assembly through lead counsel Ndegwa Njiru, urged the Senate Committee to look at the transgressions demonstrated before it and committed on the residents of Kirinyaga County and Kenyans as a whole.
“Hon Members we must protect our democracy and the gains made through our Constitution. This is a case of protecting devolution and not individuals,” said Njiru.
Section 33(6)(b) of the County Governments Act read together with Senate Standing Order 75(4)(b) provides that where the Special Committee reports that the particulars of any allegation against the Governor have been substantiated, the Senate shall, after according the Governor an opportunity to be heard, vote on each of the charges.
Where the Special Committee reports that the particulars of any allegation against the Governor have not been substantiated, further proceedings shall not be taken in respect of that allegation in line with Section 33(6) (a) of the County Governments Act and Senate Standing Order 75(4).