Waititu’s ouster: Judiciary postpones swearing-in Deputy governor

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, He is contesting for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat/COURTESY

The Judiciary has postponed the swearing-in of Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro.

In a communication made on Thursday morning, the judiciary said a new date would be communicated in due course apologizing for any inconvenience.

Less than 12 hours after Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu was impeached by the senate, a high court judge was set to swear in the Kiambu county deputy governor Dr.Nyoro as the governor.

According to a gazette notice by senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Nyoro who has been having constant wrangles with the disgraced governor was set to be sworn by Justice John Onyiego on Thursday.

The senate drove the last nail in Waititu’s coffin on Wednesday night.

Waititu was impeached by supermajority whereby charges against him were in three segments: the first charge was on gross violation of the 2012 county and public finance procurement act.

On the very first charge pro-impeachment senators stood at 27 against 12 who opposed it.

The second charge was on national law whereby 28 senators were pro-impeachment against 11 were against.

The third charge was on abuse of office and gross misconduct whereby 28 senators were pro-impeachment while 11 too opposed it.

After the vote ,senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka said that Waititu ceases to be the governor of Kiambu.

“Senate has resolved to impeach governor Waititu and he has  ceased to hold office,” Lusaka said

Earlier  Waititu underwent a major blow after the Senate rejected his bid to introduce new evidence to fight impeachment proceedings.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka ruled that Mr. Waititu cannot be allowed to tender fresh evidence after the stipulated period lapsed.

Waititu wanted to be allowed to provide additional documents, including a list of the members of the county assembly who voted to impeach him.

The county boss had claimed that Kiambu County Assembly did not disclose material documents to the Senate when it filed charges following his impeachment on December 19, 2019.

The Senate was forced to adjourn for a closed session for 30 minutes to deliberate on Mr. Waititu’s request but when the House reconvened, Mr. Lusaka ruled that the governor will not be allowed to file documents

The two-day sessions saw lawyers representing the county Assembly of Kiambu pushing for Waititu’s impeachment while lawyers allied to the former county boss defended him.

During the motion, senators were divided on the provision of fresh evidence by the Waititu defense team.

Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen opposed the impeachment bid ,indicating that the politics of the day was at play in the process.

Kiambu Senator Kimani Watamangi urged the senate to uphold fairness during voting exercise.

“The decision this house will make will be fair and lawful, because the operation of Kiambu county is in limbo,” Wamatangi said