NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 3 – Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony has survived impeachment after the Senate Committee cleared him of all the allegations he was facing.
The committee chaired by Kisii Senator Chris Obure tabled its report after 10 days of investigating charges levelled against Chepkwony by members of the Kericho County Assembly.
The report says the evidence produced did not meet the threshold to warrant his impeachment.
“On the first charge of gross violation of the Constitution and the Public Private Partnership Act 2013, the Special Committee found this charge unsubstantiated.”
“On the Second Charge of gross violation of the Public Finance Management Act 2013 the Public Procurement and Disposal Act and the Rules made there under and the Constitution, the Special Committee found that this charge was not substantiated.”
“On the Third Charge of gross violation of the County Governments Act 2012 the Special Committee found that this charge was not substantiated,” read the committee’s findings.
According to the Standing Orders, there will not be further debate on the issue since Chepkwony has been cleared.
Chepkwony became the second Governor after Embu’s Martin Wambora to face removal from office over alleged abuse of office and flouting of procurement rules.
The Governor was faulted for signing an agreement that would have cost the county Sh1.7 billion and 13 percent commission towards a company.
He is alleged to have 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 the land.
Chepkwony was 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.
The Senate Committee further urged Kericho Senator Charles Keter “to take the lead role to bring together the County Executive and the County Assembly of Kericho County” adding that “without this the people of Kericho Country will be the ultimate losers.”
The impeachment motion by the County Assembly on May 14 came after efforts by the Myoot Council of Elders to reconcile them failed to bear fruits.
“It is the second time that the Council of Elders tried to reconcile us but the Governor went against what we agreed, which was to meet once in every three months to iron out issues. But this has nothing to do with not being heard, this is a constitutional process that had to come to an end.” Kericho County Assembly Majority Leader Daniel Rono told Capital FM News after the impeachment.
If the assembly is not satisfied with the Senate’s decision, it can re-introduce the debate after three months.