NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – The Senate will on Friday hold a sitting to set up a Special Committee to look into allegations levelled against Governor Paul Chepkwony by the Kericho County Assembly.
The Governor’s fate will be determined by the 11-member committee, which is expected to return a verdict within 10 days whether the Kericho County Assembly has substantial allegations against the Governor.
The House, which is currently on recess, is expected to convene at 2.30pm for Speaker Ekwe Ethuro to communicate receipt of the impeachment evidence against Chepkwony from the County Assembly of Kericho.
Chepkwony became the second Governor to face impeachment proceedings after Embu’s Martin Wambora.
Wambora was removed from office twice over alleged abuse of office and flouting of procurement rules as contained in both the Public Procurement and Disposal Act and the Public Finance Management Act.
Wambora is temporarily back in office pending a court case on his impeachment.
Chepkwony was ousted last Wednesday after 32 out of 47 members of the Kericho County Assembly voted in favour of the impeachment motion. Fifteen others opposed to the motion boycotted debate.
Kericho County Assembly Majority Leader Daniel Rono explained that Chepkwony was impeached for alleged abuse of office and flouting procurement rules.
He is also accused 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 went and signed an agreement that would have cost the county Sh1.7 billion and 13 percent commission towards that company. He also committed the county to donate 500 acres of communal land but the community was not involved, in that they were not asked if they are willing to give out that land,” Rono stated.
Chepkwony 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 motion was tabled by Nominated MCA Albert Kipkoech and seconded by Edward Ruto Santos of Kipkelion Ward.