Court stops impeachment of Machakos deputy governor

By KBC Reporter

The impeachment process against Machakos deputy governor Bernard Kiala has been stopped pending hearing of the case by the Machakos high court until Monday 21st. 

Lady Justice Beatrice Jaden stopped the planned impeachment to allow time to rule on the matter.

Kiala’s lawyer James Orengo argued that the process of impeaching the deputy governor is unconstitutional and adding that there is no provision in the constitution and the county assembly standing orders that elaborate on impeaching the deputy governor.

The defense lawyers who included Wilfred Nyamu, Kioko Kilukumi and Ben Musau argued that the court had no jurisdiction to stop the process that had been started by the ad hoc committee of the County Assembly of Machakos to probe the conduct of Kiala after the  Mutituni Ward rep Felix Kilonzi moved a motion to impeach the deputy governor.

Kiala’s troubles started early last week when he claimed the governor who he accuses of being behind his woes, of withdrawing his official vehicle forcing him to use public means