, NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 30 – The fate of Embu Governor Martin Wambora and his Deputy Dorothy Nditi now lies with the Senate after their impeachment motion was lodged on Thursday.
Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro confirmed that he had been served with the motion passed by the Embu County Assembly.
The Senate is now expected to form a committee to probe the allegations levelled against Wambora and his deputy before voting on their impeachment.
The motion to impeach the two was passed on Tuesday despite a court order barring the assembly members from debating it.
Wambora and Nditi are accused of abuse of office and corruption, although they deny the allegations.
Embu Deputy Speaker Ibrahim Swaleh and Nthawa ward representative Ngare Makenge had filed the motion which saw 22 members out of 28 who were present vote in support despite a court order barring the motion’s debate until February 5. The county assembly has 33 members.
As uncertainty reigned over whether the motion would proceed, County Speaker Kariuki Mate ruled that the order issued by Kerugoya High court Judge Cecilia Githua stopping the Assembly from debating the matter was irregular since it did not have an official High Court seal.
He said it was wrong for the High Court to gag the County Assembly while it had already commenced the motion.
“The chair finds that the orders filed by the deputy registrar at Kerugoya, are incompetent to the extent that they don’t bear the seal of the High court. The County Assembly will not be injuncted by the order and shall proceed with the motion of impeachment,” he ruled.
Embu County is the first to file an impeachment motion against the Governor and deputy.
“We are the first county to move a motion of this kind and we are not malicious. We shelved it last week because we wanted those opposed to it to come and raise issues in the House. It is in black and white that Nyaga Wambora together with his team, are corrupt,” Swaleh said.
He accused Wambora of trying to frustrate them by inviting members on a tour of Rwanda ostensibly to study devolution.
“This is an attempt to bribe us. The tour would have cost the county at least Sh13million. When the county is on fire, it is the time he is thinking of going out to enjoy ourselves instead of giving us bursaries for the needy,” he charged.