NAIROBI, Kenya June 2 – The Senate is on Tuesday set to decide the fate of Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony after he was impeached by the Kericho County Assembly members.
The Senate is expected to deliberate on a report by a special committee investigating allegations of abuse of office and failing to follow procurement laws.
A Senate committee chaired by Kisii Senator Chris Obure is expected to table its report after last week’s hearings, during which it also received submissions from the embattled governor and the County Assembly.
The governor is the second to face impeachment in the Senate after Embu’s Martin Wambora.
The committee, will make its recommendations as to whether Chepkwony should continue being in office or not.
He has denied any wrongdoing, saying the MCAs ousted him after he declined to bribe them.
Although the impeachment has been premised on three charges, the governor narrated how he had been coerced by MCAs into parting with about Sh52 million to drop the motion.
He said his problems began when he failed to bow to the members’ demands, saying he was paying for failing to bribe them.
The County Assembly rebuffed the bribery claim, saying the governor was resorting to sideshows to cover up the truth, and had failed to give substantive responses to the three charges, only insisting on the bribe demand and accusing some members of being drunk during voting.
The Kericho County Governor was impeached over allegations of unlawfully procuring or permitting procurement of goods and services without following due process, contrary to the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.
The Governor 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 on public and private partnerships.
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.