What’s cooking? Ousted Wajir governor attends CoG meeting despite being impeached, deputy sworn in

Friday, May 21st, 2021 19:47 |
Ousted Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi

Ousted Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Friday attended a Council of Governors meeting despite his impeachment and his then Deputy Ahmed Ali Muktar sworn in to take charge of the county.

Mohamed Abdi was impeached on May 17 after 25 Senators out of 47 upheld the impeachment of the Governor by the County Assembly over alleged gross violation of the Constitution, as recommended by an 11-member Special Committee of the Senate.

Two Senators opposed the impeachment while four abstained.

In the Thursday meeting, CoG castigated the manner in which three governors have been impeached in the past 18 months.

In a statement, 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 Governor Abdi.

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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