NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 4 – Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua is accusing the County Assembly members of malice after they voted in favour of a motion to impeach him.
Gachagua described the grounds fronted to impeach him as flawed since his lawyers were denied access to the assembly to represent him.
He also blamed the assembly Speaker Mwangi Mugo of failing to be impartial since he allowed the notice of motion to be tabled without his lawyers.
“You know, when you accuse me of gross violation of the constitution, as part of my defense, I want to bring in people who are well versed in law on constitutional matters. You cannot choose the way I am going to conduct my defense,” he stated.
Gachagua says due process was not followed in bringing up the motion that was overwhelmingly voted for on Friday.
“The law is clear that every person in Kenya when accused of something will be accorded a fair chance to mount a defense and enough time to prepare,” he said.
His deputy Samuel Wamathai said that he is ready to carry the cross if the governor is impeached and go for a by-election.
The motion to impeach Gachagua was overwhelmingly passed by 32 members against 12 who were absent.
The MCAs accuse Gachagua of misappropriating the County Government funds and failing to initiate development projects.
Prior to the vote, the MCAs spent Thursday night at the assembly to ensure they were not divided in the Friday vote.
The motion mover and Kiganjo Mathari Ward MCA, Baragu Mutahi said that the governor had failed to manage county resources to ensure that the people are benefiting, he must go home,” he said.
Previous attempts by MCAs in Embu, Kericho among other counties to impeach their governors were unsuccessful after being thrown out by the Senate.