Senate Acquits Governor Waiguru based on unsubstantiated charges
A special committee of the Senate has acquitted Kirinyaga County Governor, Anne Mumbi Waiguru of the two charges that were levelled against her by the Kirinyaga County Assembly.
The committee found that the charges of gross violation of the Constitution and gross abuse of office and misconduct were not been substantiated.
“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.” Reads the report.
The Governor had been accused of abuse of office, gross misconduct, and manipulating the public procurement procedures.
Another accusation included illegally conferring a benefit of KSh.10 million to herself for travel allowances.
Governor Waiguru denied the charges, saying they were false and unfounded, only meant to embarrass her.
The County chief 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.
During her defence before the 11-member committee on June 24, the Governor said she was not given an opportune time to defend herself before MCAs who voted overwhelmingly to remove her.
The acquittal, however, means the governor will continue exercising her duties in full force as the Kirinyaga County Boss.