, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14 – Nine legislators from Bomet and Kericho Counties have castigated Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto for failure to deliver on his pre-election pledges and have now threatened to institute impeachment procedures against him.
Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui said they were waiting for the audited expenditure report from the Auditor General so that they can have Ruto ousted from office for misuse of county funds.
“Among the counties which have been cited for misuse of county funds in (the Controller of Budget report on County Expenditure), is one little place called Bomet County, whose head has been going round telling people that he was ranked as the best in using the funds to the counties,” he said.
“We want to say that a person who misuses public office like that is not even worth the salt of being in that office, but we are giving him time so that we can do a proper audit of what he is doing.”
“Even the electorate know he is the one who likes talking too much, but we have urged them to allow him to keep making noise but misusing county money must come to an end.”
According to Article 181 of the Constitution and Section 33 of the County Government Act, a Governor can be removed from office if a majority of members from his respective County Assembly and the Senate approve charges of gross violation of the Constitution or abuse of office or gross misconduct.
Kericho Senator Charles Keter and his Bomet counterpart Wilfred Lesan urged the vocal Governor to concentrate on developing the county instead of engaging in confrontational leadership with Deputy President William Ruto.
“We want him to work; he started the referendum song which died out naturally, now he is trying to re-invent himself by making noise and calling the Deputy President ‘just any other leader,” stated the Kericho Senator.
“We want him to borrow a leaf from the Governor of Machakos, who organised an Investment Conference – can he (Ruto) even do that – because Bomet has potential in terms of tourism, tea and hydro-power generation,” Keter added.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso and Ainamoi MP Benjamin Langat also told off the Council of Governors chairman for what they called undermining the Deputy President’s status as the de-facto Kalenjin leader.
“The problem is disrespecting the Deputy President,” Laboso who is also the Sotik MP stated. “William Ruto is our leader, everybody else falls below him, and they are not at par.”
“We want him to know we are aware of what he is doing, who he is working with. We want him to continue working for the people and not to campaign for 2017.”
“As we are speaking right now, he has been engaging some quarters to form a political party so that he can mislead our people.”
Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East), Jackson Rop (Kipkelion West), Leonard Sang (Bureti) also attended the news conference where they also thanked the President for appointing the former Konoin MP Julius Kones to chair the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation.
Kones contested the Bomet County gubernatorial seat but lost to Governor Ruto in the March 4 poll.