Jubilee suspends MCAs, paving way for Speaker’s impeachment

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 11 Feb, 2021 13:51 | 2 mins read
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju. Photo/Courtesy
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju. Photo/Courtesy
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju. Photo/Courtesy

Jubilee Party has suspended seven Nyandarua MCAs for gross misconduct, paving way for the impeachment of Speaker Ndegwa Wahome, for the second time.

Despite being allowed to sit and vote during an impeachment motion that lasted the whole day on Wednesday, their votes were not counted after the house learnt that the Jubilee party had suspended them from sittings of the Assembly.

The seven, Peter Gathungu (Leshau Pondo) Suleiman Kihika (Kanjuiri) and Muchiri Kariuki (Murungari ward) and their nominated counterparts Goergina Wanjiru, Esther Nyambura, Margarate Wanjiru, Esther Nyambura were suspended on what the party termed as “lack of respect and discipline to their offices and stature.

 The MCAs, who are allied to speaker Wahome, were banned from conducting the business of the House for six months and also fined Shs.100,000 payable to the party account.

Following the new development, 26 MCAs supported the motion while only four of them opposed while the seven were squashed.

“The speaker has outrightly shown that he is unable to hold office. That is why we want him to get out of the office so that we can have a competent person.

“All he keeps asking from the executive is for more money yet he cannot account for the ones he has been allocated,” noted Majority Leader Edinard King’ori, while moving the motion.

The speaker, who had been reinstated by a Nakuru court early this year after he was impeached in December last year, was also accused of nepotism in the employment of staff and favouritism in assembly functions outside the county. The court had cited a lack of quorum in the special sitting that first impeached Wahome.

 Kingori noted that the speaker had failed to explain how over Sh. 500 million meant for the construction of county assembly offices had been spent and yet it was not complete.

"How could he not even attend the county address by the governor in the assembly last year? This is total disrespect for our governor" King’ori cried, noting that the Speaker was undermining Governor Francis Kimemia’s leadership.

But the speaker when given a chance by the deputy chair Zackary Njeri to defend himself termed the move as mare politics.

"We know who is hand is behind this. My hands are clean and everyone can attest that I have run this assembly professionally since I took over eight years ago," he said.

He noted that the move was as a result of his harsh stand of opposing how Governor Kimemia’s administration was being run and how public funds were being siphoned.

Wahome, who now ceases to be a chair to the County Assemblies’ Forum, was accompanied by his lawyers Martin Waichungo and Mathea Gikunju.