CoG expresses concern over impeachments targeting its members

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CoG expresses concern over impeachments targeting its members

The Council of Governors (CoG) has expressed concern over a wave of impeachment motions targeting its members.

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The council’s chair Wycliffe Oparanya castigated the actions by county assembly members claiming they are ill-informed especially coming at a time the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Oparanya was speaking during the inauguration of the members of the Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee gazetted by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Oparanya wants the Members of the County Assemblies to act responsibly by shelving issues they could have against the county chiefs and concentrate their energies on supporting efforts aimed at keeping COVID-19 at bay.

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This comes after the Kirinyaga County Assembly impeached Governor Waiguru who was later saved after the Senate Select Committee acquitted her saying the charges against her were unsubstantiated.

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On Monday, the Kitui County Assembly shelved its bid to oust Governor Charity Ngilu after the High Court halted the MCAs from impeaching the first time Governor.

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Lawyers representing the Governor filed an application on June 24, 2020, challenging the tabling and debating of the impeachment motion.

The motion to remove Ngilu from office was moved last week by Athi Ward Representative and the Assembly’s leader of majority Peter Kilonzo.

In the meantime, the Kakamega Governor has appealed to Devolution Cabinet Secretary over a number of functions that County Governments to need to take up.

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“We have a number of functions that are yet to be unbundled therefore limiting the progress of devolution. We, therefore, call upon you to unbundle and transfer the following function,” he said.

Oparanya wants the Museums, Disaster Management, Sports, Fishing and fisheries and Water functions be taken by counties.

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