MCAs ‘bribed’ to skip de­bate on sack­ing Kidero, meet at ho­tel

Speaker Magelo or­dered dis­cus­sion of mo­tion, de­spite court or­der bar­ring de­bate. One MCA says ju­di­ciary has no power to in­ter­fere with le­gal im­peach­ment process

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - CHRISPINUS WEKESA AND JULIUS OTIENO @TheS­tarKenya

A Nairobi as­sem­bly sit­ting to de­bate im­peach­ment of Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero was ad­journed yes­ter­day due to lack of quo­rum. All Cord and 20 Ju­bilee MCAs boy­cotted the meet­ing.

The miss­ing MCAs re­port­edly were meet­ing at Boule­vard Ho­tel, as re­ports swirled about that they had been bribed to skip the sit­ting.

MCAs had brawled in cham­bers over whether to ta­ble the im­peach­ment mo­tion, which fi­nally was ap­proved for de­bate. Many MCAs had signed the pe­ti­tion, then got cold feet.

Speaker Alex Magelo and the House Busi­ness Com­mit­tee had given the mo­tion a go-ahead de­spite the gover- nor ob­tain­ing a court or­der to stop it.

Mi­nor­ity whip Ngaruiya Chege (Ka­hawa West MCA) said, “This is a constitutional process that the court can­not in­ter­fere with. He has re­alised that and now he is buy­ing ev­ery­body to boy­cott this ses­sion so that it can lack quo­rum.”

In court pa­pers, Kidero de­nied al­le­ga­tions raised in the mo­tion as grounds for his im­peach­ment. He told the court that the mo­tion is ma­li­cious, defam­a­tory, vin­dic­tive, im­moral, ir­re­spon­si­ble and po­lit­i­cal, with the in­ten­tion to in­tim­i­date him.

He was ac­cused of lack of lead­er­ship, in­com­pe­tence, fail­ure to im­ple­ment the Ward De­vel­op­ment Fund, re­spon­si­bil­ity for soar­ing Sh42 bil­lion debt, and fail­ure to dis­close all debts, among other is­sues.

High Court judge Rose­lyne Aburili cer­ti­fied Kidero’s ap­pli­ca­tion ur­gent. The or­ders yes­ter­day were served on speaker Alex ole Magelo and clerk Ja­cob Ng­wele.

Magelo or­dered the mo­tion be in to­day’s or­der pa­per for de­bate.

If the mo­tion is not de­bated in the House for three con­sec­u­tive days, it is dis­posed off. It can only be brought back after six months.

But Vi­wan­dani MCA Sa­muel Nyang’wara, the mo­tion’s spon­sor, said he will now “deal with” the ex­ec­u­tives whose de­part­ments have been cited in au­dit re­ports for mis­man­age­ment of pub­lic funds.

Last week, the gov­er­nor was sum­moned by the speaker to ap­pear be­fore the county as­sem­bly yes­ter­day to de­fend him­self against al­le­ga­tions in the im­peach­ment mo­tion.

The mo­tion was tabled in the House on Tues­day last week. On two days, there were fist­fights over the mo­tion.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Nairobi Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero walks past doc­u­ments that he and his staff pre­sented as ev­i­dence be­fore the Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee on June 29

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