Full Senate sittings to determine Gachagua impeachment next week

September 8, 2016 12:05 pm
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The Special Committee was supposed to investigate the proposed removal of Gachagua from office and to report to the House within 10 days whether it finds the particulars of the allegations were valid/FILE
The Special Committee was supposed to investigate the proposed removal of Gachagua from office and to report to the House within 10 days whether it finds the particulars of the allegations were valid/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – The Senate will next week hold three special sittings to hear Nyeri Governor Gachagua on allegations of abuse of office, corruption and gross violation of the Constitution in procurement, which led to his impeachment by the Nyeri County Assembly.

The move comes after Senators on Wednesday opposed a Motion by Leader of Majority Kithure Kindiki to establish an 11-member Special Committee to look into the matter and instead opted for a full House hearing.

The Special Committee was supposed to investigate the proposed removal of Gachagua from office and to report to the House within 10 days whether it finds the particulars of the allegations were valid.

In his communication to Senators, Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro suspended all committee business planned to be held between Tuesday and Thursday to ensure all Senators attend the sittings.

Speaker Ethuro has in the meantime barred Senators from commenting on Gachagua’s removal from office.

He further directed that Gachagua, The County Assembly of Nyeri and all other interested parties should be served with the schedule indicating when they will appear before the full House sitting which shall be held in public.

Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), James Orengo (Siaya), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot) and Amos Wako (Busia) sought clarification on how the plenary session will be conducted to fairly deal with Gachagua’s impeachment.

House Leaders Kindiki and Moses Wetangula further called for further directions on how voting on the impeachment will be done.

Speaker Ethuro said he will guide contribution as he usually does during an ordinary sitting of the House.

Gachagua is the fourth Governor to be recommended for impeachment by ward representatives; Embu Governor Martin Wambora, Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony and Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria

Only Wambora has had allegations against him substantiated and his impeachment confirmed.

He however contested the decision in the court and his impeachment was quashed.

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