MCAs Set Date With Governor Charity Ngilu As Impeachment Motion Is Tabled

Kitui governor Charity Ngilu. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Impeachment motion against Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu will be tabled at the County Assembly on Wednesday, July 15.

The motion has so far been signed by 40 out of 56 MCAs in the county, and will be moved by County Assembly Majority Leader and Athi ward MCA Peter Kilonzo alias Tangawizi.

Ngilu will be required to appear personally before the Assembly on July 15 at 10.00am to respond to the allegations in the impeachment motion or be represented by at least two lawyers. This is according to a notification letter dated July 9 by the County Assembly speaker George Ndotto.

“This is to notify you that the Motion dated 16th June, 2020 calling for the removal of the governor, County Government of Kitui by impeachment shall be considered by the County Assembly of Kitui between 15th July 2020 and 17th July 2020 in the line with Standing Order 60 of the Kitui County Assembly Standing orders,” Ndotto told Ngilu.

The first term governor is accused of violating the constitution and provisions of the county government act, abuse of office and failure to account for public funds.

She is also accused of undermining the authority of the county assembly and conflict of interest in awarding county tenders.

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Ngilu will be required to answer questions on why she has failed to adhere to the two-thirds gender rule in the appointments of members of the County Executive Committee. Since August 2019; the executive committee has only one female out of seven members.

other grounds of her removal include failure to honour summons of the senate committee on County Public Investment and Accounts to shed light on audit queries regarding the management and expenditure of county funds amounting to Sh20 billion for 2017 /2018 and 2018/ 2019 financial years.

She is also facing allegations of conflict of interest in the award of a Ksh85 million tender to purchase a stone crusher, which the MCAs say was awarded to Ngilu’s relative.

Last week, Justice Korir dismissed Ngilu’s petition challenging the impeachment motion, effectively vacating the conservatory orders he had earlier granted.

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