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Senate acquits Waiguru, saves governor from impeachment

The Cleophas Malala-led committee concluded its hearings on Wednesday and retreated to make a determination into the allegations.

Waiguru in her defense presented three witnesses who gave an account of the happenings in the county that brought about 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 by the committee.

On the first charge of Gross violation of the Constitution and any other law, the Committee therefore found that the allegation was not proved and was therefore not substantiated.

Under the first charge, the allegations were (i) Failure to deliver the annual state of the county address for the Financial year 2018/2019 to the County Assembly, (ii) Undermining the authority of the County Assembly and (iii) Violation of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act,2015 and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012.

Under the second charge of Abuse of Office and Gross Misconduct, the committee also found that this allegation was not proved and was therefore not substantiated. 

The allegations under the second charge were (i) Violation of section 46 of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015, (ii) Conferring a benefit to a public officer.

(iii) Disregard of the recommendation of the County Public Service Board regarding remuneration of members of the Board of Kirinyaga Investment Development Authority (KIDA), payment of KIDA Board members outside the IFMIS and CountyGovernment Payroll, and payment of imprest amounting to more than Sh14 million paid to Mr Francis Muriithi Kariuki.  

(iv) Violation of the Right to Health of the people of Kirinyaga county.

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