Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru could find herself in deeper trouble disguised as another impeachment if ward representatives make good their threats.
The MCAs on Friday August 21 gave the governor a seven-day ultimatum to withdraw a case she filed in the High Court challenging the amendment of the executive budget. They are also demanding the payment of workers’ salaries.
Speaking in Sagana town on Friday, the MCAs accused the governor of moving to court and throwing the county into a financial crisis.
“She is frustrating efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by suing to challenge the budget amendment. The workers have also not been paid their July salaries,” the Baragwi ward representative David Mathenge narrated.
The MCAs vowed that they would for the second time move a motion to kick the governor out of office should she fail to meet their demands by the expiry of the ultimatum.
“We shall not spare Ms Waiguru. She must be impeached again,” declared Mr Mathenge, who is also the assembly’s budget committee chairman.
Thiba ward representative Pius Njogu said efforts by the MCAs to end the budget standoff have totally failed.
“We have met with the governor more than eight times but we have not agreed on the way forward,” Mr Njogu added.
Ngariama ward representative Erastus Ireri reiterated that the MCAs were tired of Ms Waiguru’s hard stance.
Their first attempt through a motion to impeach governor Waiguru on the basis of gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct, fell apart when the governor was later reinstated.
Waiguru was accused of using her office to improperly confer a benefit to herself when she was irregularly paid for travel allowances by way of imprests amounting to Ksh10.6 million yet she did not travel.
She was also accused of influencing tender awards in the county, awarding them to his cronies and relatives.
On Thursday August 20, detectives from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had stormed the homes and offices of Waiguru in Kerugoya and Nairobi and carted away crucial documents in renewed graft investigations.
Reports indicated that the early morning raid caught the governor by surprise despite facing graft allegations and abuse of office from Kirinyaga MCAs.
EACC Central Regional Manager Charles Rasungu had on June 10 hinted on the case, saying that one of the investigations involves a number of tenders allegedly influenced by the governor.
Speaking after the raid, EACC boss Twalib Mbarak indicated that the early morning operation was part of investigations into allegations that the Governor and other officials of the County Government of Kirinyaga, were irregularly paid travel allowances of approximately Ksh23 million and the money was reportedly spent on non-existent trips.
The search warrants, according to EACC, were issued by the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Nyeri.
“EACC is in the process of establishing whether the trips were actually undertaken and whether the documents supporting disbursement of Kenya Shillings Twenty Three Million (Ksh23,000,000) to County officials were genuine,” said Mbarak.
“Our officers have been granted access to several offices and residences with a view of retrieving information that may be useful to the ongoing investigation.” the EACC boss added.
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