NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has defended Public Works and Transport Executive Evans Ondieki who was impeached by the Nairobi County Assembly on Tuesday evening, saying that there was a vendetta against him.
In a letter addressed to Speaker Alex ole Magelo, Kidero insisted that Ondieki did not breach the values and principles of the Constitution or any law, which is mandatory before impeachment proceedings begin.
He described the allegations against Ondieki as personal, and stressed the need for an impartial tribunal to be formed so that he may get a fair hearing.
“The motion of impeachment contemplated by Article 75(2) of the Constitution and Section 40 of the County Government Act is irregular and there is no allegation that the Executive Committee Member has breached the values and principles of the Constitution and/or breached any written law which is mandatory before impeachment proceedings would commence,” he said.
He urged the County Assembly to thoroughly investigate the allegations and ascertain their veracity.
“There is need for strict adherence to the provisions of Article 47 of the Constitution as read with the preamble and Article 10 of the Constitution. It will be unfair and unjust to condemn a CECM on the basis of newspaper allegations which have not been substantiated. I urge the County Assembly to investigate further to ascertain the truthfulness and veracity or otherwise of the allegations,” he stated.
Following the impeachment, the next phase involves the formation of a tribunal to hear both the Assembly’s side and Ondieki before presenting their recommendations to the Governor who will make the final decision.
The Nairobi County Assembly passed the motion against Ondieki in a vote which was decided through acclamation.
During the session, the Members of the County Assembly stated that Ondieki did not conduct himself in a manner befitting his office.
It also came after the Transport Executive alleged that some officials at City Hall have information that some MCAs are being bribed to lobby against the new mass transit buses.
Ondieki had publicly stated that he would not be intimidated by cartels in the matatu industry which were out to undermine plans to introduce a mass transit bus system in the city in June this year.
Ondieki appeared before the Transport Committee led by Diana Kapeen where he was described as a hostile witness.