Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru’s fate in the impeachment motion will be decided by a 11-member committee, the Senate has voted.
45 senators voted for the formation of a select committee route, 14 for the plenary and one abstained.
The senators who will decide Waiguru’s fate include Abshiro Halake (nominated), Michael Mbito (Tranz Nzoia), Mwangi Paul Githiomi (Nyandarua), Beth Mugo (nominated), Anuar Loitiptip (Lamu), Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado), Cleophas Malalah (Kakamega), Beatrice Kwamboka (nominated), Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi), Judith Pareno (nominated) and Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay).
The 11-member team have 10 days to complete investigations regarding the allegations raised in the impeachment motion. During the period they will allow her to appear before the committee to defend herself.
A section of Senators allied to Deputy President William Ruto is, however, against the matter being handled by a house committee.
23 MCAs voted last Tuesday to impeach Waiguru on grounds of gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct. Four abstained. Six members were absent from the session.
The besieged county boss is accused of taking Ksh10.6 million for nonexistent travels and spending Ksh5 million on an official vehicle with funds intended for the Contractors’ Retention Account among other accusations.
She was dealt a blow on Thursday after the High Court declined to annul a decision by the Kirinyaga ward representatives to impeach her,
Justice Weldon Korir said the MCAs acted within their mandate, and that stopping the Senate from handling the complaint would be interfering with its functions.
Reacting to the development, Elgoyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who was opposed to the decision said that Waiguru would be cleared, and that Kenyans should not expect her to be impeached.
“Senate has sanitized&clearered the Governor of Kirinyaga. It’s done. Don’t wait for the Committee’s decision. To the people of Kirinyaga I am sorry we did our best but It is finished.Your fight for accountability has been frustrated by Senate don’t give up use other avenues,” he said.