, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – It is D-Day for Machakos County Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala as the Senate committee formed to probe his proposed impeachment presents its report before the whole House.
The Senators will then deliberate and choose to either adopt or reject the recommendations.
The Machakos County Assembly accuses Kiala of gross violation of the Constitution and provisions of several Acts of Parliament; including the County Government Act, Public Officers Ethics Act, National Cohesion and Integrity Act and the Leadership and Integrity Act, charges which he denies and terms as a political witch-hunt.
“We are saying that this impeachment process is initiated, motivated and driven by the Executive… by Alfred Mutua but remember Mr Chairman that at no time did this motion accord with the law. ” his lawyer Harun Ndubi told the committee during the final day of the hearing.
Kiala blamed his woes on differences between him and Governor Alfred Mutua whom he has accused of running a one-man show where he makes decision pertaining the county without consulting him yet they were appointed together. But when he chose to publicly announce some of the ills ongoing in the county government, he turned out to be ‘the bad guy’ and hence his proposed impeachment.
“I put out in the principle of equity and fairness. It was inappropriate for chief officers to work with their spouses and those spouses heading senior positions in procurement, which in my opinion would create a conflict of interest because chief officers are accounting officers of various departments…it therefore turns out the impeachment proceedings are a case of hunter turning to be the hunted,” Kiala pleaded.
If the impeachment is successful, Kiala will be the first Deputy Governor to be impeached.
Governors who have gone through impeachment motions are Martin Wambora of Embu who was eventually reinstated and Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony.