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Waiguru Faces Impeachment Threats Again

Byjess

Aug 21, 2020

Kirinyaga County MCA’s have given the governor a seven day ultimatum to withdraw a case she filed in the High Court challenging the amendment of the executive budget.The governor is staring at another impeachment if ward representatives make good their threats.Ms Waiguru accused the MCAs of plotting to sabotage the operations of her administration by altering the 2020/2021 budget and she vowed not to approve it.

Speaking in Sagana town today mid-morning, the MCAs accused the governor of moving to court & throwing the county into a financial crisis. “She is frustrating efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic by suing to challenge the budget amendment. The workers have also not been paid their July salaries,” Baragwi ward representative David Mathenge said.

The MCAs have vowed that  they would for the second time move a motion to kick the governor out of office should she fail to meet their demands by the expiry of the ultimatum. “We shall not spare Ms Waiguru. She must be impeached again,” said Mr Mathenge, who is also the assembly’s budget committee chairman.

Thiba ward representative Pius Njogu said efforts by the MCAs to end the budget standoff have totally failed. “We have met with the governor more than eight times but we have not agreed on the way forward,” Mr Njogu added.Ngariama ward representative Erastus Ireri emphasized that the MCAs were tired of Ms Waiguru’s hard stance.

The governor termed the move by the Kirinyaga MCAs illegal arguing that the assembly submitted a completely new budget with a variation of over 30 percent, going against the requirement of Regulation 37 (1) of the Public Finance (county government).Regulations 2015  limits the assembly variations to 1% of the ceilings.

Ms Waiguru accused the assembly of allocating Sh300 million meant to pay salaries for health workers to construction of ward offices. She also took issue with the MCAs for deducting Sh59 million county’s legal fee. She said that the decision will hamper the executive’s efforts in pursuing 200 cases mostly involving recovery of irregularly acquired public land.

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