Murang’a MCAs endorse bid to remove governor over abuse of office claims

By: MARTIN MWAURA

Murang’a MCAs are making efforts to impeach Governor Mwangi Wa Iria over alleged misconduct and abuse of office.

An impeachment motion by Nominated MCA Mary Waithera on Wednesday received the support of more than a third of the members who appended their signatures on the verification form as required by the law.

The MCAs accuse the governor of violating the Constitution by allegedly flouting provisions on procurement and management of public funds.

Kangari’s Anderson Muchemi accused Mr Wa Iria of grounding assembly’s operations by withholding its funds for the last two months.

“The county assembly was supposed to get Sh120 million but he only gave Sh30 million and used the rest to pay contractors. As we speak now, operations of the assembly are almost coming to a halt,” said Mr Muchemi.

He said they decided to remove Mr Wa Iria after he refused to hold talks with them over the matter.

Also, the MCAs are accusing the executive of failing to control its spending. They are lamenting that the executive has failed to adhere to the set ceilings for spending.

“The lobbying to impeach Mr Wa Iria started yesterday (Tuesday) and it has received overwhelming support. While the motion only required the support of 18 members to go through, a massive 33 MCAs have backed it,” said Mr Muchemi.

“We mean business and we shall not relent. We will support the motion when it comes to the floor of the house so we can send the governor home,” he added.

This came after the county assembly unanimously voted to remove finance executive George Kamau over what they termed as abuse of office, incompetence and misuse of funds.

Last month, the assembly said the executive has failed in his job as a financial adviser to the governor which has seen the county incur debts of up to Sh2.5 billion.

The MCAs say the governor and Mr Kamau have shown great incompetence, thus do not deserve to continue serving in their positions.

Standing orders demand that a motion will be placed on the order paper after seven days and members will debate it within three days.

The governor could not be reached for comment as he was said to be out of the country.

Deputy governor Gakure Monyo urged both the executive and the assembly to come to a round table and iron out their issues.