Nyoro to be Sworn In as Kiambu Governor; Impeached Waititu Moves to Court

Chief Justice David Maraga, has dispatched Justice John Onyiego to preside over the swearing in of Kiambu Deputy Governor, James Nyoro, as the new substantive Kiambu County Governor.

This happening a day after the senate overwhelmingly voted to impeach Ferdinand Waititu.

Ferdinand Waititu had pleaded with senators to deliver a ruling on his impeachment motion that they would consider favorable, if their roles were reversed. On his second day of his impeachment proceedings, Governor Waititu urged senators to act sober irrespective of his perceived political standing, but peruse the facts carefully before making a decision.

He suffered a major blow after the senate rejected his bid to introduce new evidence to fight impeachment proceedings against him. Senate speaker, Kenneth Lusaka, ruled that Waititu cannot be allowed to introduce new evidence after the stipulated time had lapsed.

According to Waititu, the Kiambu county assembly, discussed and passed his impeachment motion without the requisite number needed.

The governor has blamed his woes on the politics, saying he has nothing to hide, but urged senators to make rightful judgement.  Kiambu county assembly members earlier lost a bid at the anti-corruption division court, to participate in the Ksh. 588 million corruption case against Ferdinand Waititu.

Waititu now becomes the first governor to be found guilty by the Senate, with the charges being: gross misconduct, abuse of office and engaging in corruption.

Waititu has filed an application at the High Court seeking conservatory orders to revoke the senate’s decision, pending the hearing and determination of his application.