The Star (Kenya)

Why Bun­goma team threw out pe­ti­tion to re­move Wanga­mati

- JOHN NALIANYA/A Crime · Politics · White-collar Crime

Bun­goma county as­sem­bly com­mit­tee has said those seek­ing to kick Governor Wy­cliffe Wanga­mati out of of­fice ‘are just do­ing busi­ness’.

The Bun­goma county as­sem­bly Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and ICT com­mit­tee mem­bers said that the ev­i­dence given by two pe­ti­tion­ers – Nyukuri Barasa of Torch Africa and Moses Lukoye – was pedes­trian and was full of hearsay.

The team said the ev­i­dence was not wa­ter­tight to war­rant kick­ing the governor out of of­fice.

Nom­i­nated MCA Luke Op­wora pre­sented the com­mit­tee re­port to the as­sem­bly on Septem­ber 2.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Okumu Ma­jimbo and ma­jor­ity leader Joseph Ny­ongesa said they threw out the pe­ti­tion be­cause it lacked merit.

Speak­ing in Bun­goma town, Ma­jimbo said pe­ti­tion­ers Barasa and Lukoye did not present enough rea­son to war­rant an im­peach­ment mo­tion.

The pe­ti­tion­ers had ac­cused Wanga­mati of cor­rup­tion, il­le­gal cre­ation of un­nec­es­sary of­fices and gross vi­o­la­tion of the pub­lic pro­cure­ment law. They also ac­cused him of gross mis­con­duct by con­cen­trat­ing more on po­lit­i­cal party is­sues.

“They were just af­ter do­ing busi­ness with the county gov­ern­ment. They wanted to make money,” Ma­jimbo said.

The Kha­l­aba MCA said the ev­i­dences the pe­ti­tion­ers pre­sented was a mere waste of time.

His Musikoma ward coun­ter­part Ge­orge Makari said the pe­ti­tion­ers should pro­vide wa­ter­tight ev­i­dence.

The com­mit­tee re­turned the pe­ti­tion to the pe­ti­tion­ers for them to take an­other step.

Wanga­mati is now free to carry on with his de­vel­op­ment projects with­out any dif­fi­culty af­ter the MCAS threw out the im­peach­ment re­port.

 ?? /JOHN NALIANYA ?? Bun­goma Governor Wy­cliffe Wanga­mati
/JOHN NALIANYA Bun­goma Governor Wy­cliffe Wanga­mati

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