Waiguru Wins Against MCAs, Senate Committee Says Charges Not Substantiated

The Senate Select Committee appointed to probe the impeachment of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has acquitted her.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26, 2020 – The Senate Select Committee appointed to probe the impeachment of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has acquitted her.

According to the committee, though serious allegations had been made against the Governor, the County Assembly did not provide evidence directly linking her to alleged corruption, abuse of office and violation of procurement regulations.

In its 88-page report, the Senate Committee has recommenced that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to delve deeper into the allegations, and using their forensic expertise, identify culprits for prosecution.

Waiguru was impeached by the County Assembly on grounds of  Gross Violation of the Constitution and Other Laws, Abuse of Office and Gross Misconduct.

In its 88-page report, the Senate Committee has recommended that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to delve deeper into the allegations, and using their forensic expertise, identify culprits for prosecution.

“The Committee having investigated the matter in accordance with its mandate under section 33(4) of the County Governments Act and standing order 75(2) of the Senate Standing Orders reports to the Senate that it finds that the two Charges against the Governor have not been substantiated,” concludes the Committee.

The 11-member special committee probing impeachment chaired by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala said in its final report Friday that the MCAs did not substantiate charges against Waiguru.

The committee stated that the evidence produced by the ward reps did not link Waiguru to the offences they alleged she committed.The report will be tabled on the Floor of the Senate Friday afternoon (June 26).

According to Senate Standing Order 175, the impeachment ends at the committee level if it determines that the charges levelled against an impeached governor do not merit.

On June 9, 23 out of the 33-member Kirinyaga County Assembly voted in favour of Governor Waiguru’s removal. The impeachment motion against Waiguru was tabled in the Kirinyaga County Assembly on March 31, 2020 by MCA for Mutira Ward, David Kinyua Wangui.

Wangui accused Waiguru of, among other wrongdoings, abuse of office, gross misconduct and violation of the Constitution of Kenya.

 

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