Nyandarua County Assembly has once again impeached embattled Speaker Ndegwa Wahome, days after he was reinstated by a Nakuru High court.
In a special sitting convened on Saturday, 31 MCAs voted in favour of the motion seeking to remove Wahome while six of them opposed. One of them abstained to vote.
This is the third time in less than six months that the MCAs are impeaching the speaker following allegations of abuse of office, militarising the assembly, law disregard, victimising assembly members and staff, impunity, corruption, poor leadership, nepotism and unlawful appointment of the assembly’s staffs.
“There comes a time when one’s interest cannot supersede the public good of the people of Nyandarua. We as MCAs have tried to impeach Wahome but the court keeps bringing him back, it’s now time to do away with him by voting in the motion overwhelmingly,” said Wanjohi ward MCA Isaac Kung’u.
On April 29, this year a High Court sitting in Nakuru reinstated Wahome who had been impeached early January this year.
High Court Judge Hillary Chemitei reinstated him until a case he had filed against his removal was heard and determined.
The court however ruled that the sitting of the assembly that impeached him did not observe the two-thirds rule when voting for his removal.
However, during the Saturday special sittings, the Ward Reps went ahead to impeach Wahome again in a motion that was moved by the Leader of Majority Edinald King’ori and seconded by Wanjohi Ward Rep Isaac Kung’u.
King’ori accused Wahome of favouritism in assembly functions and undermining the leadership of Governor Francis Kimemia.
He said that Wahome had outrightly shown that he was unable to hold office.
The leader of the Majority noted that the speaker had failed to explain how over Sh 500 million meant for the construction of county assembly offices had been spent and yet it was not complete.
“We shall remove Wahome as many times as possible even when the courts bring him back. We as MCAs we are tired of him and his leadership, we are the people who voted him in and we have the right to vote him out,” said King’ori.
But Wahome who maintains that he is still the Speaker has blamed Governor Kimemia for being behind the bid by MCAs to remove him from office.
He claimed his woes are linked to his stand on corruption and criticism of Governor Kimemia’s style of leadership.
The speaker who is also the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) Chair pointed out that the MCAs who now want to impeach him are those allied to the Governor and are unhappy with his stand.
“The move by the MCAs to impeach me is contrary to the court order which directed that I will remain the speaker till the matter in the high court is determined,” he added.