Governor Waititu’s lawyers say his Senate impeachment probe is unconstitutional

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu impeached

The Senate probe into the impeachment of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu ran into legal headwinds on Wednesday when it entered its second day.

In their preliminary objections, lawyers representing Governor Waititu said the special sitting convened to probe the Governor’s proposed removal from office by impeachment was null and void.

They argued the motion was not held in accordance with the constitutionally stipulated timelines.

According to the lawyers, the special sittings to consider Waititu’s removal from office should have been held within seven days of the receipt of the notice of the resolution by the Kiambu County Assembly to impeach Governor Waititu.

The county assembly passed the motion to impeach Waititu on December 19, 2019, while the speaker of the Kiambu County Assembly, Stephen Ndichu communicated the assembly’s resolution on December 23, 2019.

The Senate, however, held its first special sitting to discuss the impeachment motion on January 21.

On January 28, 2020, Governor Waititu defended his daughter Monica Njeri before the Senate during a plenary sitting over his impeachment.

In his opening statement, he accused a network of bloggers from Kiambu of spreading lies about him prior to his impeachment.

“Honorable House, you will see in this sitting, some politicians have paid bloggers to spread false stories about me and my family, they are all lies,” he said.

The Kiambu County boss further rubbished claims that sleuths from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had discovered Ksh.100 million in his daughter’s bank account.

According to him, his daughter only had Ksh.9,000 at the time of the said investigations but rumours were spread to make it seem like there was more.

He was referring to posts that emerged on social media last year claiming that his daughter’s accounts had been frozen.

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