By Whispers Reporter
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has today submitted boxes of documents as part of her response against her impeachment motion ahead of hearing by the Senate.
Lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo, who is also the governor’s spouse, led the legal team that submitted the responses to the Office Clerk of the Senate Saturday, with a promise of battle royale next week.
The embattled governor beat the deadline that was set for Saturday and took to Twitter indicating that she had complied with the request while at the same time calling for truth, justice and rule of law to prevail.
“In compliance with the Senate’s request, I have today filed my responses to the impeachment motion filed for my removal from office by the Kirinyaga County Assembly. May Truth, Justice & the rule of Law prevail,” reads the tweet.
He was accompanied by lawyer Paul Nyamodi.
“The responses are contained in 40 cartons and it is unfortunate to the people of Kirinyaga that the matter reached here. We shall let the Senate do its work,” he said. “We look forward to the hearing next week.”
The Senate formed an 11-member special committee, chaired by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, to investigate the governor and establish whether the claims against her are valid.
The committee has issued summons Kirinyaga Speaker Anthony Gathumbi to appear before it on Tuesday to shed light on the allegations that led to the impeachment of the governor.
The county assembly will be the first to argue its case when the committee starts its formal sittings on Tuesday.
In a letter dated June 17 addressed to Mr Gathumbi, the committee advised the Speaker that at least three MCAs could accompany him during the proceedings.
23 MCAs voted last Tuesday to impeach Waiguru on grounds of gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct. Four abstained. Six members were absent from the session.
The besieged county boss is accused of taking Ksh10.6 million for nonexistent travels and spending Ksh5 million on an official vehicle with funds intended for the Contractors’ Retention Account among other accusations.
The governor is accused of gross violation of the Constitution by failing to deliver the annual State of the County address to the assembly, among other issues.
They also accused her of violating Section 46 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act 2015 by usurping the powers of the accounting officer in establishing an irregular tender evaluation committee, composed of partisan staff
Another charge against the governor was that she used her office to improperly confer a benefit to herself when she was irregularly paid travel allowances by way of imprests amounting to Sh10,634, 614, “yet she did not travel”.
The assembly also accused her of violating the right to health of the people of Kirinyaga County.
Her fate in the impeachment motion will be decided by an 11-member committee, after a voting session on Tuesday, June 26, 2020 by the Senate.