October 23rd 2017

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Machakos governor's impeachment bound to face quorum hitch

"The only card that had been left in Dr Mutua's hands was that of bribing a significant number of MCAs to opt out of the debate ahead of the D-day," a source privy to the dealings told the Kenya Free Press.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comWednesday, 23 Nov 2016 07:43 EAT

Wednesday's planned impeachment motion against Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua may not succeed following a quorum hitch. About 31 members of the county assembly (MCAs) who had previously signed up to support Ndalani MCA Stephen Muthuka's motion to kick the governor out of office will not be available to take a vote as they are out of the country.

The MCAs had flown out neighbouring Tanzania ostensibly to create a quorum hitch and therefore defeat the motion, the Kenya Free Press has authoritatively established. Governor Mutua's political operatives had been working round the clock to device a strategy that would ultimately frustrate the motion, and sources privy to the scheme intimated that Dr Mutua, who has in the past been at loggerheads with the Senate, was afraid to face the upper house should his impeachment motion successfully sail through the assembly.

It is for this reason, according to sources, that the governor's political strategists strongly advised that the only way out was to buy off a good number of MCAs in order to effectively create a quorum hitch and ultimately scatter the whole process of impeachment. "The only card that had been left in Dr Mutua's hands was that of bribing a significant number of MCAs to opt out of the debate ahead of the D-day," a source privy to the dealings told the Kenya Free Press.

On Tuesday, Ikombe MCA, Nathaniel Nganga confirmed that upto 31 MCAs had been flown out of the country but vowed that the rest would soldier on to debate the proposed motion. "The remaining 28 of us will prosecute the motion because the issues involved are incriminating, " said Nganga who is also the deputy speaker of the county assembly.

In 2014, a similar motion was proposed by Mr Muthuka but did not reach the floor of the assembly after it lacked the minimum threshold of support by the MCAs. A few months later,  the assembly successfully passed a motion to impeach Mutua's estranged deputy Bernard Kiala which was sponsored by Mutituni MCA, Joseph Kalunde.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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