, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – Embu Governor Martin Wambora is poised to win the gubernatorial seat even after surviving an impeachment attempt during his tenure.
According to provisional results trickling in from the main tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya, Wambora who was vying on a Jubilee Party ticket is leading with 78,234 votes.
This is 41.57 per cent of the total votes which have been counted so far.
His closest competitor Lenny Kivuti has 67,337 votes which represent 35.78 per cent of the total votes currently having been counted.
The County Assembly twice resolved to oust Wambora on February 14 and later on May 13 accusing him of flouting the County Government Act by appointing public servants without the Assembly’s approval.
He was also faulted for flouting the Public Procurement Act in the purchase of Sh35 million worth of maize seeds that never germinated, procurement of vehicles and authorization of the renovation of Embu Stadium at a cost of Sh50 million up from Sh8 million.
Kivutha Kibwana, who has also previously been engaged in a bitter war over his impeachment with Members of the County Assembly, is also poised to win back his seat after getting 259,771 votes which represents 87.6 per cent of the votes cast.
The motion sought to have the governor removed from office over incompetence.
Kibwana was accused of acting against the Constitution by directing County Executive Members not to honour summons to appear before the County Assembly, contrary to Article 185, section 39 of the County Government Act.
He was also accused of violating provisions of the Public Finance Management Act 2012 after he directed the Finance executive not to prepare and submit to the county assembly the 2014 Appropriation Bill, contrary to section 129(7).