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Governor Mutua survives impeachment as opponents fail target by wide margin

Dr Mutua is also accused of promoting his Maendeleo Chap Chap party using county funds by putting up sign posts with his portrait. "According to Article 75 of the constitution, any public officer should delink matters of personal interest with public interest hence the governor has broken this law,

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comWednesday, 23 Nov 2016 18:11 EAT

Machakos County Assembly where the impeachment debate took place. (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/Kenya Free Press).

The impeachment motion against Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua failed this evening as was widely anticipated. Only 27 MCAs turned up for the important vote, and 26 of them supported it, but the number fell far short of the 39 they needed to see the motion go through. The motion to remove the governor from office was moved early Wednesday morning by Ndalani MCA Stephen Muthuka and seconded by Festus Ndeto, Kola Ward MCA. Mr Muthuka submitted several accusations which he said justified their push to have Dr Mutua kicked out of office, invoking Article 75 of the constitution on leadership and integrity.

He informed the assembly Dr Mutua had abused the office of the governor by plundering and misappropriating public funds. In the motion,  Mutua was accused of illegal transfer of DANIDA funds to personal accounts. "Sh161 million of grants from World Health Organization and DANIDA have been misappropriated," Mr Muthuka said.

Dr Mutua is also accused of promoting his Maendeleo Chap Chap party using county funds by putting up sign posts with his portrait. "According to Article 75 of the constitution, any public officer should delink  matters of personal interest with public interest hence the governor has broken this law," Mr Muthuka stated.

The assembly was also informed of Sh7.5 million transferred as confidential expenditure to the governor's office and Sh2.8 million contributed towards the funeral arrangements of the late Mutula Kilonzo, former Makueni senator. According to another MCA, Sh89 million meant to desilt Maruba dam was paid out without any works having been done. "At that time, Machakos was experiencing El Nino rains and this desilting was not done," Mr Ndeto said.

Addressing the media at the assembly, Ikombe MCA Nathaniel Nganga and the deputy speaker of the county assembly has called on the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate the MCAs who are alleged to have been flown out of the country. "This is an example of the misuse we have been talking about and its some of these things which are pushing us to impeach the governor," Mr Nganga said.

The MCAs who supported the motion vowed to visit the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to report their colleagues who flew to Tanzania for curruption.

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





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