, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12 – An impeachment motion against Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru has lapsed after its mover, Mithika Linturi, failed to table it in Parliament within the stipulated time.
Under the National Assembly’s Standing Orders, Linturi was supposed to table it within three sittings once it had been approved by the Speaker.
Since Waiguru’s censure motion was approved on Tuesday afternoon, Linturi was supposed to either table it during Wednesday’s morning session, in the afternoon or on Thursday afternoon just before the budget statement.
Having failed to present it, the motion automatically ‘died’ and can only be re-introduced after six months.
For now, Waiguru can rest easy having been threatened with removal from office through the motion that initially garnered the support of over 200 MPs.
When Linturi called a meeting of the MPs supporting it for a briefing at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday however, only 40 lawmakers turned up.
Three stormed out of the meeting, saying they could not continue sitting there after they were asked “to withdraw support for the motion.”
“We signed this motion and we are prepared to stand with it, but we are surprised now because Linturi and his team are going against our initial agreement of pushing the motion to the end,” John Waluke, Member of Parliament for Sirisia said after storming out of the meeting. Msambweni MP Suleiman Dor (ODM) also walked out of the meeting at Panafric Hotel complaining that MPs were being pushed to withdraw their support.
Linturi who briefed journalists after the Wednesday meeting, however, insisted that the motion was on course and would be tabled on Tuesday next week.
In the motion, Linturi is accusing the Devolution Cabinet Secretary of abuse of office, after she transferred Kiplimo Rugut from the National Youth Service (NYS) and Gor Semelang’o’s sacking from the Youth Enterprise Fund.
But even as the MPs pushed for Waiguru’s sacking, Deputy President William Ruto defended her saying it he and President Uhuru Kenyatta were responsible for the transfers.