Senate seeks involvement in impeachment process of county speakers

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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The Senate now wants to be involved in the impeachment process of county assembly speakers.

The Senate’s Devolution Committee is set to introduce a legislation that will ensure county assembly speakers who face impeachment get a chance to defend their innocence before the house.

This follows persistent wrangles at various county assemblies. The senators want the impeachment process of county speakers to end at the senate where they ought to play the role of arbitrator.

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They argue that the current crisis being witnessed in county assemblies will hinder their oversight role at the devolved units.

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Further, in order to make it difficult to impeach county speaker, senators plan to raise the required number of MCAs from two thirds of the house to 75 per cent of the house.

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Earlier this month, Nyandarua MCAs voted to impeach Speaker Ndegwa Wahome.

The 20 MCAs locked out their colleagues allegedly supporting Wahome from the chambers, and changed the assembly’s leadership.

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Similar scenario has been witnessed in Homa Bay, Kisumu and Nairobi counties where despite being reinstated by the courts, impeached speakers have been denied access back to the assemblies.

At the same time, senators are seeking to detach the budget of county assemblies from that of county executives in an effort to enhance assemblies’ oversight role.

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