Court stops MCAs from de­bat­ing Kidero im­peach­ment

Ju­bilee MCAs have won overtwo rene­gade Cord MCAs and have been meet­ing se­cretly with key party of­fi­cials to plan how to lure more Cord MCAs to their side

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Ju­bilee and Cord are lob­by­ing fu­ri­ously for and against Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero’s im­peach­ment as the city boss is ex­pected be­fore the MCAs to­day.

It is not known if he will ap­pear in per­son or send his lawyers.

Kidero’s camp is reach­ing out to Ju­bilee MCAs to re­ject the mo­tion.

Ju­bilee MCAs have brought on board two rene­gade Cord MCAs and have been meet­ing se­cretly with key party of­fi­cials, plan­ning how to lure more Cord MCAs to their side.

Kidero is ac­cused of lack of leader- ship, in­com­pe­tence, fail­ure to im­ple­ment the Ward De­vel­op­ment Fund and re­spon­si­bil­ity for an “un­man­age­able” Sh42 bil­lion debt.

Vi­wan­dani MCA Sa­muel Nyang’wara, spon­sor of the im­peach­ment mo­tion, and his South C coun­ter­part Diana Kapeen, have moved to the rul­ing coali­tion.

Mi­nor­ity whip Hashim Ka­mau said, “Yes, we have been meet­ing, even this af­ter­noon [yes­ter­day] we are meet­ing in Em­bakasi. Kidero must go home,. Watch this space.”

Nyang’wara told the Star many Cord MCAs fear com­ing out openly to sup­port the mo­tion for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion, but have pledged to vote for the mo­tion in a se­cret bal­lot.

Sources yes­ter­day said a senior of­fi­cer in the gov­er­nor’s of­fice has been meet­ing Ju­bilee MCAs to con­vince them to vote against the mo­tion. The of­fi­cer is said to be be­hind the move by three Ju­bilee MCAs — Charles Thuo (Dan­dora III), Ge­orge Maina (Umoja I) and Peter Wahinya (Pan­gani) — to swear an af­fi­davit to with­draw their sig­na­tures from the pe­ti­tion last week.

The gov­er­nor ar­rived in the coun­try on Sun­day from a three-day visit to the UK. County at­tor­ney Gad Awuonda de­clined to say if the gov­er­nor will ap­pear in per­son.

“That is our strat­egy, why do you want to know? The gov­er­nor has op­tions. But we are pre­pared,” Awuonda told the Star on the phone.

COLLINS KWEYU

Nairobi county as­sem­bly ses­sion un­der­way on Tues­day/

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