Mombasa County finance secretary impeached.

Mombasa County finance secretary impeached.

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Walid Khalid, the embattled Mombasa County executive secretary for finance was on Thursday sacked after members of the county assembly overwhelmingly voted to impeach him.

Khalid was accused of among other things corruption, abuse and misuse of office, arrogance and incompetence, allegations he continuously denied.

The impeachment motion was brought to the house by Saad Ali faraj, and voted for by 38 members while 6 abstained.

Members who supported the motion argued the finance secretary had grounded development projects in the county by failing to cooperate through disbursement of the required funds.

Jabees Oduor, Kongowea ward county representative presented before the house bank documents he claimed could show how Walid used his capacity to deposit bouncing cheques, and to withdraw cash from the county account without approval by the house.

Earlier a five member county assembly finance committee led by Mohammed Hatimy had been mandated to investigate allegations against Khalid and present a report in the house in 10 days, a period within which the accused was to step aside.

The house was however thrown in a state of shock on Thursday after the committee chair announced that Khalid had already tendered a letter of resignation dated July 16, to the Mombasa governor Ali Joho.

The letter caused uproar from majority of members with some arguing that it rendered the impeachment motion and earlier investigations irrelevant.

The speaker however rejected the letter saying it did not have a letter head and therefore may not have been genuine.

Some members cast aspersions on the committee report, arguing that the investigating committee had not done its job as required, and that there were vested interests in the matter.

“I have gone through this report and it is sad that there are some clauses and statements that arouse doubts” said the speaker, Thaddeus Rajwai.

Walid’s impeachment has invited speculation over who might be appointed as his replacement, a task that rests with County public service board.