, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 14 – Embu Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi has survived impeachment after the Senate cleared her of any wrongdoing as alleged by the County Assembly.
Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro directed that debate on the Deputy Governor would not take place after a special committee of the Senate determined she did not commit any offence.
“At the point at which these papers were laid, the House was not seized of the contents of the two reports; it was therefore not known to the House which of the two procedures provided for under Section 33 (6) of the County Government Act and Standing Order 65(4) will be applicable,” started the Speaker.
“Now we have the benefit of perusing both reports and it is clear that the report in respect of the Deputy Governor has been disposed off,” Ethuro ruled.
Section 33 (6) states; If the Special Committee reports that the particulars of any allegation against the Governor-
(a) have not been substantiated, further proceedings shall not be taken under this section in respect of that allegation; or;
(b) have been substantiated, the Senate shall, after according the governor an opportunity to be heard, vote on the impeachment charges.
Senators Billow Kerrow and Charles Keter urged the Speaker to allow the House to debate both the reports.
The committee however found Governor Martin Wambora culpable and was debating the report on his impeachment at the time of filing this report.
If more than half of the 47 elected Senators adopt the report, Wambora will automatically lose his seat, although the Governor is challenging the matter in court.
Wambora and Nditi were impeached by the County Assembly on January 28 after being accused of abuse of office and violating the Constitution.