NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – The Senate Special Committee looking into allegations that led to the impeachment of Governor Paul Chepkwony by the Kericho County Assembly will commence hearings on Tuesday.
The committee will be chaired by Kisii Senator Chris Obure with Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi serving as his deputy.
The Senate team will hear submissions from the County Assembly and Chepkwony before retreating to prepare its report.
Chepkwony was ousted from office by Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) in Kericho for alleged abuse of office and flouting procurement rules.
The 11-member Senate team is expected to submit its report to the House by next Tuesday.
Other Senators in the committee are Stephen Sang, Daniel Karaba, Fatuma Dullo, Beatrice Elachi, Billow Kerrow, Danson Mwazo, Abdirahman Ali Hassan, Catherine Mukiite, and Mutula Kilonzo Junior.
The Governor will be expected to respond to allegations of allegedly unlawfully procuring or permitting procurement of goods and services without following due process contrary to the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.
Chepkwony is also faulted for allegedly violating the provision of the County Government Act and Public Procurement Act on grants and donations and failing to follow due process regarding public and private partnerships.
He is further accused of recruiting personnel and creating offices in the county contrary to Sections 59, 60, 61 and 62 of the County Government Act.
The impeachment motion was tabled by Nominated MCA Albert Kipkoech and seconded by Edward Ruto Santos of Kipkelion Ward.
Martin Wambora was the first Governor to be ejected from office after being impeached by the Embu County Assembly.
Despite a second impeachment after the first bid was overturned by the courts, Wambora remains Governor as another case by 35 Embu residents against his ouster is pending in court.