MCAs Threaten To Impeach Waiguru Again Over Delayed Salaries

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Members of Kirinyaga County Assembly have threatened to impeach governor Anne Waiguru for the second time.

25 MCAs have vowed to take action against the county boss if she does not pay county government employees within 7 days.

According to County Assembly Chief Whip Pius Njogu, staff members have not been remunerated for the past two months.

Baragwi ward representative, David Mathenge claimed that 100 health workers reinstated after the 2019 strike are yet to receive their dues.

This was after the county assembly allocated Sh15 million for their salaries alone.

”We are are ready to impeach again because we have the numbers,” Mutithi ward rep Peter Njomo said.

On reconciliation talks between themselves and the county chief, the MCAs revealed that they collapsed on Monday.

“We were expecting white smoke, but we can confirm to you, we saw black smoke,” Thiba ward rep disclosed.

In June, Waiguru survived impeachment after an eleven-member ad hoc committee chaired by Kakamega Senate Cleopas Malala ruled that the evidence before them did not meet the threshold to warrant her impeachment.

“The committee having investigated the matter in accordance with its mandate under Section 33(4) of the County Governments Act and Standing order 75(2) of the Senate Standing Orders reports to the Senate that it finds that the two charges against the Governor have not been substantiated,” read the report in part.

The embattled governor had her Kirinyaga and Nairobi homes and offices raided by the EACC.

The anti-graft agency was seeking information into alleged misappropriation of county funds.

“EACC is in the process of establishing whether the trips were actually undertaken and whether the documents supporting disbursement of Ksh. 23million to county officials were genuine,” a statement read in part.

But according to the governor, the search was solely about 2022 politics.

“The inescapable conclusion is that this is not about investigating travel imprests but a wider scheme to shape the 2022 succession politics of Mt Kenya, and, to detract from critical allegations against a multitude of persons on various multimillion corruption allegations,” she said.

She urged EACC to investigate the loss of billions of shillings of public funds in recent days with the same rigour.

“We look forward to seeing homes and offices raided. If this is not done, as happened in 2015, we will reconfirm my belief that this was no more than a detraction.”

 

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