, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Aug 21 – Machakos County Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala has been accused of treating the public to a theatrical charade after he claimed that his office had been vandalised.
County Secretary Francis Mwaka said Kiala took journalists to the County Finance Department office which is undergoing renovation and alleged it was his office.
“The Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala is misleading the public,” Mwaka told journalists during a press briefing on Thursday.
“The office that the Deputy Governor took and addressed journalists from is not his but one belonging to the County Finance Department and it is still undergoing renovations,” Mwaka stated.
Kiala has been previously been accused of stage-managing an incident where he claimed his official cars had been withdrawn forcing him to use public transport.
The fiasco played out during the hearing of his impeachment before the Senate.
Kiala was impeached by the Machakos County Assembly but he survived the impeachment vote at the Senate last Friday.
Early this week, the Governor Alfred Mutua stripped Kiala off his ministerial portfolio asserting that the deputy had become unable to execute duties placed on him due to his dedication to politick at the expense of delivery of services.
A section of Machakos County Assembly Members led by the Leader of Majority in the assembly, Joshua Mwonga (Masinga Central Ward) warned the Deputy Governor against waging war with his boss and instead go to the office and work to better the livelihoods of the county residents.
They also warned him against his continued sideshows that are disruptive of the development agenda of the county administration.
“We are aware Kiala is being fronted by Senator (Johnson) Muthama and the Wiper leadership so that he can run for the Governor’s seat in the next elections,” Minority Leader Thomas Kasoa representing Mbiuni Ward said.
“If he does not desist from these sideshows and work for the common good of the county, we will impeach him again,” Kasoa continued.
Even though Senate let him off the hook, the Special Senate Committee investigating his conduct found reasonable grounds to impeach him for abuse of office. It was confirmed that the Deputy Governor had conducted himself in manner not expected of a public officers and that his trust was wanting.