MCAs vow to block Speaker from office

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 00:00 |
Majority Leader Ednald King’ori.

A section of Nyandarua Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have vowed to bar embattled Speaker Ndegwa Wahome from accessing his office despite being reinstated by the Nakuru High Court.

 Led by the Majority Leader Ednald King’ori, the MCAs expressed dissatisfaction with the court ruling to have Wahome back in office.

 “We would like to express our dissatisfaction with the decision. Noting that the court ordered the Speaker to step down pending the hearing and determination of his impeachment case,” King’ori said.

 He continued: “However, the court later on April 29 reinstated him pending the complete determination of his impeachment case. This is contrary to commonwealth legal systems, a tradition on which our legal system is centred.”

As such, we will challenge the court’s decision for the reason that, county Assemblies are autonomous legislative entities and the Judiciary can only intervene by reviewing laws passed or procedures that have gone through the legislative organs, King’ori said.

 “And that the court must decide if such decisions such as the impeachment of February 9 are lawful or unlawful in finality”.

Public opinion

 King’ori has assured residents that despite the court ruling, the Assembly’s operations and sittings will continue normally as they did in March and April when Wahome was out of office.

 Wahome is being accused of among other allegations; abuse of office, favouritism and cronyism, gross misconduct through militarisation of the Assembly and gross violation of the Public Finance Management Act of 2012.

 Ednald, further demanded Ndegwa to refrain from associating Governor Francis Kimemia with impeachment issues.

The Wars Reps said they will not pursue issues posed in the two impeachment motions in the  courts of public opinion, but will instead refer all the issues to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the allegations against him.

 Echoing the same sentiments, Nominated MCA, Wanjiku wa Muhoho, said the besieged Speaker should read the writings on the wall that his time at the Assembly is due.

Acting Speaker, Zachary Njeru, on the other hand said he will not allow the ongoing battles derail his performance. -KNA

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