Samboja to know impeachment fate in 10 days
Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja will in the next 10 days know whether he will continue serving as the county chief or residents will have to pick a new governor.
Yesterday, the Senate constituted a 11-member committee to investigate allegations that led to the governor’s impeachment by MCAs. On Wednesday last week, Samboja was impeached over allegations of gross violation of the Constitution and abuse of office.
The Senate team will table its report in the House in 10 days with recommendations on whether he should leave office or continue serving as governor.
The committee, which has six members from Jubilee Party and five from the National Super Alliance (Nasa), will have its first housekeeping meeting to elect a chairperson and a deputy tomorrow.
The team includes Senators George Khaniri (Vihiga), Agnes Zani (nominated), Ochillo Ayacko (Migori), Beatrice Kwamboka (nominated), Boniface Kabaka (Machakos), and Njeru Ndwiga (Embu).
Others are Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Naomi Waqo (nominated), Farhya Ali (nominated), Charles Kibiru (Kirinyaga) and Steve Lelegwe (Samburu).
Senate Leader of Majority Kipchumba Murkomen, while moving a motion on the establishment of the special committee, said Taita Taveta Speaker Meshak Maganga submitted the petition on resolution of the House and evidence to the Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka last Friday.
Section of 33 (b) of the County Governments Act and Standing Order Number 75 provides for the Senate to probe and debate proposed impeachment of a governor by the county assemblies.
“Because of the fixed timelines involved in investigations for such a grave matter, members of this committee must be committed to perform this task,” Murkomen said.
He pledged that the Senate will listen to both sides and be fair in its determination based on the evidence adduced.
The Elgeyo Marakwet senator also urged the committee to perform with the utmost integrity and ensure that their report stands the test of time.
Senate Leader of Minority James Orengo said the House will act as a trial chamber and promised Taita Taveta residents a fair decision that will serve to restore constitutionalism and rule of law.