Governors Gachagua, Wa Iria uneasy as MCAs plot to kick them out of office

Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua and his Murang’a counterpart Mwangi Wa Iria are uneasy men as assembly members plot to kick them out of office.

In Murang’a, the process to send Mr Wa Iria home officially started on Tuesday after Speaker Nduati Kariuki allowed nominated ward rep Mary Waithera to table a notice of impeachment.

Ms Waithera accuses the governor of gross violation of the Constitution and abuse of office.

She cited lack of accountability in the management and use of county resources, exemplified By: an unsustainable debt of Sh2.5 billion.

She said this was not disclosed in the debt management paper and fiscal paper.

She said the auditor-general’s report revealed that the county spent over Sh28 million in unclear circumstances on a controversial co-operative society known as Shilingi kwa Shilingi.

The MCA also accused the executive of spending Sh247 million on advertising against the assembly’s recommendation of Sh7 million.

UNDERMINED ASSEMBLY

“The governor has also failed to set up a budget and economic forum and undermined the county assembly’s authority By: requisitioning monies and not remitting the same, crippling operations,” said Ms Waithera.

The assembly accused the governor of borrowing Sh200 million from the KCB Bank without a guarantee from the National Treasury.

More than a third of the MCAs supported the motion.

The motion will be put on the order paper after seven days and members will debate it in three days.

This comes at a time the assembly unanimously voted to impeach Finance Executive George Kamau over what it said was abuse of office, incompetence and misuse of funds.

ABUSE OF OFFICE

In Nyeri, MCAs want to sack Governor Gachagua for alleged abuse of office and poor performance.

On Wednesday they claimed the governor had no development record to show for the three years he has been in office.

“We have been monitoring his work and he has nothing to boast of,” said Naromoru Ward Rep Marete Rinyiru in a phone interview from Mombasa where the MCAs are on a Sh10 million retreat to plan the impeachment.

The 47 MCAs have set up a seven-member committee to look into the complaints and reasons cited for Mr Gachagua’s sacking.

The committee, to be sworn in next Wednesday, will compile its report in 14 days.

Mr Rinyiru said the governor needs to explain a lot of things, including how his government spent money meant for a water project in Kieni.

He denied claims that MCAs had demanded money from Mr Gachagua to let him off the hook.

Mr Rinyiru said support for the motion had surpassed the required 33 members By: five and he was certain it will pass when sittings resume next week.