Governors cry foul over increasing impeachments, threaten action

Friday, May 21st, 2021 15:45 |
Governor James Ongwae

The Council of Governors (CoG) has castigated the manner in which three governors have been impeached in the past 18 months.

In a statement on Friday, the council led by its vice chairman Governor James Ongwae, said the impeachment process and the role of the courts will have to be followed to the later.

"While we appreciate the fact that impeachment is both legal and political process, the rule of law should prevail while undertaking the same," Ongwae said.

He added: "All the bodies involved should ensure that they are guided by the Constitution and the principles laid down by the courts on the thresholds of impeachment."

The council further assured the public that it values integrity and accountability in the running of affairs in the counties.

"The council shall engage relevant institutions with a view to streamlining court pronouncements with the law so that the impeachment process can be anchored on legitimacy and impartiality," Ongwae said.

The council's concerns come barely a week after the impeachment of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.

Other county bosses impeached last year were Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Their deputies have since taken over the running of the three counties.

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