NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – The Senate has maintained that Embu Governor Martin Wambora stands impeached despite a High Court order that he remains in office.
Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki reaffirmed that Wambora’s was removal from office was in accordance with the law.
“Any attempt to pretend that you can ignore institutions and get away with it, will only lead to problems. According to us, the Governor of Embu was impeached lawfully and the Senate does not act in vain,” he stated.
This is after High Court judge Richard Mwongo issued temporary orders restraining any person or authority from executing or presiding over the swearing-in of the deputy governor for purposes of taking over the role of Governor pending determination of an urgent case filed by 35 Embu residents who are contesting the decision by the Senate to adopt the resolution by the County Assembly to impeach Wambora.
Kindiki stated that impeachment of an elected official is not a judicial process but a political one and asked courts to respect other institutions.
“We want to request our courts to be conscious and not really engage us in battles because they won’t win; and in terms of our space as legislators we will use it but we will not be intimidated by other institutions,” the Senate Majority Leader said.
Senators voted to eject Wambora from office a second time after confirming his impeachment by the Embu County Assembly. READ Wambora is no longer Embu Governor
They upheld the same decision they had made in February to sack him but which was nullified by the High Court, handing Wambora temporary relief.
And by a declaration made by Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro after the near unanimous vote, Wambora ceased being the Governor of Embu on Tuesday at 1.30pm.
If the ejection is upheld, Governor Wambora will be restricted by law from holding any public office for a period of 10 years as a result of his removal from office through impeachment.