NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – Nderitu Gachagua wants police to take action against Members of Parliament who broke into his office as they were seeking to forcefully remove him as Nyeri Governor.
In a statement, Gachagua indicated that the legislators should be held to account for their actions and stated that they were not above the law.
The embattled Governor further described such actions as a show that the plot to impeach him was purely orchestrated by political malice.
“The incident has brought out in the open that what happened at the County Assembly on the impeachment of the Governor was a charm and an outright mockery of justice. It has also brought out in the open the true conspirators to the plot to impeach the Governor,” he stated.
“It has further shown clearly that the plot to impeach the Governor is purely orchestrated by political malice and subterfuge.”
He claimed that the lawmakers took away three official files which had evidence of his defence to the Senate following his impeachment by the County Assembly members last week.
He pointed out that all leaders need to respect the Constitution and the rule of law rather than resorting to take the law into their own hands .
“As part of their patriotic obligations, all leaders should respect the constitution and the rule of law instead of taking the law in their own hands which has the explosive potential to cause mayhem and disorder in society,” he said.
Gachagua reiterated that the impeachment proceedings against him were devoid of any merit, since he is yet to defend himself against allegations levelled against him.
“The reported impeachment is defective and devoid of any constitutional or legal merit. For any impeachment to pass the required constitutional and legal threshold, one has to be given the right to be heard and to defend oneself,” he outlined.
He however pointed out that work is ongoing within the county government normally, despite the proceedings.
“I want to assure the great people of the Nyeri County that the work of the County Government is continuing normally without any hitch in our usual focused momentum of service,” he stated.
Gachagua assured the residents of Nyeri that operations are continuing normally without a hitch and the county government is focused on effective service delivery. “Indeed, I want to restate that I have sworn upon eternity never to slacken in my service to the people whatever the situation.”
On Wednesday, the Senate rejected a Motion to establish an 11-member Special Committee to look into allegations levelled against Gachagua by the Nyeri County Assembly.
This is after a majority of Senators voted against the Motion presented by the Senate Leaders Kithure Kindiki and Moses Wetang’ula to give the special team, 10 days to Gachagua’s impeachment following a vote by 32 out of 46 MCAs.
Gachagua is now due to appear before a full House hearing.