Tharaka-Nithi MCAs plot to impeach deputy governor Mati Murithi for ‘incompetence’

By: ALEX NJERU

Some members of the Tharaka-Nithi County assembly have plotted to impeach Deputy Governor Mati Murithi who is also the county executive in-charge of Finance.

The MCA’s are accusing Mr Murithi and chief Finance officer Nicholas Gitonga of incompetence and misuse of office.

The ward representatives, led by Marimanti MCA Paul Mwabu, the sponsor of the impeachment motion, said the decision was arrived at after Mr Murithi failed to account for huge sums of money allocated to major projects in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years.

Speaking to Nation.co.ke, Mr Mwabu, who will table the motion on Thursday, claimed that there is no single project that is complete.

“Out of Sh30 million set aside for secondary school student bursaries, only Sh12 million has been released. But in the records, the project is indicated to have been complete,” claimed Mr Mwabu.

He added that the Health docket got the biggest share of the county’s budget for improvement of services and construction of new dispensaries in every ward.

The ward representative singled out a dispensary in Gatunga Ward that was allocated Sh3 million in the 2013/2014 budget but up to date, its construction has not started.

In Maranatha Primary School, he said, water pipes bought in 2014 are still lying unused.

FAILED TO APPEAR BEFORE COMMITTEE

The Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Laban Karani who is the Mwimbi Ward MCA accused Mr Murithi and Mr Gitonga of failing to appear before the committee when summoned.

However, speaking to Nation.co.ke by phone, the deputy governor dismissed the allegations as mere political witch-hunt and vowed not to vacate office.

He noted that he was delegated to head the Finance docket because Tharaka-Nithi is not allowed to appoint more than eight county executives.

Mr Murithi added that the law allows for the appointment of deputy governors as county executives.

“Maybe they want me to remain idle because deputy governors have little to do with the presence of governors,” he said.

On the issue of accountability, he said that his office has submitted to the county assembly all the financial documentation required by the law.

Mr Gitonga accused the MCAs of failing to understand his responsibilities and engaging in politics.