30 April 2014

Kenya: Embu Sacks Wambora for the Second Time

The MCAs during the debate on the motion to impeach the governor. The Embu county assembly yesterday impeached reinstated Governor Martin Wambora despite court sermons against the speaker, clerk and deputy speaker.

Some 23 members of the county assembly voted to impeach Wambora, while eight voted against the motion and two abstained. The assembly speaker Justus Mate ruled that there was no order stopping the debate to impeach Wambora.

He said the court order only summoned him, deputy speaker Ibrahim Swaleh and assembly clerk Jimmy Kauma to appear in court for the hearing of Wambora's application seeking to stop debate of the motion.

Mate said the summons did not warrant the stopping of the debate on impeachment and they would go ahead and carry out their business as the officers summoned had been represented in court by their lawyers.

He said that in yesterday's proceedings they had followed the ruling of the court that reinstated Wambora that he be accorded audience but he did not appear at the assembly.

Efforts by Kaagari South ward representative Robert Ireri and his Runyenjes Central counterpart Steve Munene to stop the debate by saying it is illegal to proceed with the motion owing to the court proceedings were overruled by the speaker.

Mover of the motion Swaleh and a few MCAs contributed in the debate before Kithimu ward representative Michael Njeru called for finishing of the business.

Tabling of the motion had been seconded by Nthawa ward representative Peter Makenge, who said Wambora had violated the Public Procurement Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the constitution through his actions.

He blamed him of directly purchasing one of his official cars at Sh12 million instead of Sh10 million and letting his wife use it.

Swaleh argued that the law forbids directly buying anything in the county without advertising for bids.

He said a report by the Auditor General had implicated Wambora in irregularly purchasing the car.

Swaleh said the upgrading of the Moi Embu Stadium had been allocated Sh8 million but the work is being done at Sh50 million, which had not been budgeted for.

Makenge said Wambora oversaw maize seeds distributed to farmers, which did not germinate, without consulting technical persons including the Agriculture executive.

However Munene opposed the impeachment terming allegations against Wambora "malicious" saying most of what he was being blamed for was done by sacked county secretary Lorna Kariuki.

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