Governor Waiguru’s defence team accorded time for rebuttal against impeachment allegations
A special Senate Committee on the proposed removal, by impeachment, of Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru, is this morning hearing the Governor’s defence for the rebuttal against corruption allegations.
Governor Waiguru’s defence team led by her lead counsel, Paul Nyamodi are presenting witnesses to counter the allegations levelled against the Kirinyaga Governor.
A closing statement will be made on behalf of the Kirinyaga County Assembly once all evidence has been cross examined and re-examined.
Governor Waiguru’s legal team will thereafter in the afternoon give their closing statement.
The 11-member Senate Committee headed by Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala commenced the hearing into her impeachment Tuesday when the accusing side was accorded time to argue out their cases.
The motion to impeach Governor Waiguru was tabled on March 31, 2020 by Mutira Member of County Assembly (MCA) David Kinyua Wangui.
The Governor is accused of abuse of office, gross misconduct, and manipulating the public procurement procedures.
She is also accused of illegally conferring a benefit of KSh.10 million to herself for travel allowances.
The embattled Governor has denied the charges levelled against her, saying they were false and unfounded, only meant to embarrass her.
The County chief has accused her MCAs of being on a fishing expedition to remove her from office.
“These MCAs are on a fishing expedition. Their superficial evidence is unintelligible. Impeachment should not be based on malice, innuendos and rumours,” she told the panel.
She also said she was not given an opportune time to defend herself before MCAs who voted overwhelmingly to remove her.
The Committee is, however, expected to sit on Thursday for consideration and Adoption of the Report.
The probe Committee will then table its final Report at the Sitting of the Senate on Friday, June 26.