Impeachment motion filed against Governor Mutua
Leader of Maendeleo Chap Chap party calls the planned impeachment a plot to punish him for refusing to bow to MCAs who want him to fund their campaigns
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is facing impeachment for alleged misuse of funds and abuse of office.
A notice of motion for impeachment was filed yesterday in the assembly. It will be debated next Wednesday.
The notice by Ndalani MCA Stephen Muthuka cites numerous grounds for removal, including violation of the Constitution, procurement law and County Government Act.
Mutua says, however, the planned impeachment results from his refusal to fund the campaigns of MCAs, as they have demanded.
The motion alleges irregular payment of Sh89 million for the desilting of Maruba Dam and contract award for construction of an access road.
Muthuka says no work was done from January to February, as the country experienced el Nino and desilting of the dam could not take place. He says Mutua and his administration went ahead to make an illegal payment on a false certificate that was not backed by actual work on the ground.
Muthuka has pointed out what he calls irregular transfer of Danida funds from county accounts to personal accounts, through cash and hefty withdrawals and payments.
“The governor and his administra- tion presided over illegal and irregular misappropriation of grants and transfers from Danida and World Health Organization amounting to Sh161 million to Machakos county WHO PROSPECT ACT C/A – COUNTY GOVERNMENT,” the motion reads.
Muthuka has accused Mutua of using county funds to mount signs promoting his Maendeleo Cha Chap party. He calls it abuse of office and misuse of public funds for the governor to launch and brand projects as if they were MCCactivities and programmes.
Other accusations include irregular purchase of vehicles, irregular payment of confidential expenditure amounting Sh7.5 milion and failure to establish internal audit mechanisms.
Ndalani MCA Stephen Muthuka (in black tie), accompanied by other MCAs, addresses journalists outside the Machakos Assembly yesterday