Coun­cil wants gov­er­nors, Pres­i­dent re­moval process sim­i­lar

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors wants the pend­ing Im­peach­ment Pro­ce­dure Bill 2016 to be sim­i­lar to the process of im­peach­ing the Pres­i­dent. Chair­man Peter Munya (pic­tured) said the peo­ple elect gov­er­nors; there­fore any im­peach­ment at­tempt must fol­low a sim­i­lar process to that of the Pres­i­dent. He said the im­peach­ment mo­tions against var­i­ous gov­er­nors have been messy. Hence, the bill must ad­dress any loop­holes in the cur­rent process. Munya, who is the Meru gov­er­nor, re­it­er­ated that the bill must fol­low the pro­ce­dure of im­peach­ing the Pres­i­dent. The bill pro­vides a frame­work for re­mov­ing pub­lic of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent, Deputy Pres­i­dent, Cab­i­net Sec­re­taries, gov­er­nors, deputy gov­er­nors and MCAs. He asked the Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate to en­sure the im­peach­ment of gov­er­nors is above board. “We have to make sure that due process is fol­lowed in case a gov­er­nor faces an im­peach­ment mo­tion. This will see jus­tice done to the gov­er­nor be­ing im­peached,” Munya said. He said if the pro­posed bill is en­acted then the im­peach­ment process for gov­er­nors will no longer be the pre­serve of the county as­sem­blies and the Se­nate. Concerns have been raised by ad­min­is­tra­tors and Kenyans that MCAs have been hold­ing county bosses at ran­som for self­ish gain. Munya ac­com­pa­nied by gov­er­nors Jack Ranguma (Kisumu) and Sospeter Ojaa­mong (Bu­sia) made the com­ments when he brought the de­vo­lu­tion torch to Kisumu county.

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