Kitui County MCAs have reported threats ahead of the Impeachment motion against the Governor Charity Ngilu. According to Peter Mwikya Kilonzo the Majority leader in Kitui County Assembly, no amount of threats or intimidation will cajole them.
“Some people are being given something others ‘tea’. We cannot rule that out. The security apparatus should be alert because the Governor is using intimidation. MCAs should also take care of themselves. We are not operating in normal times.” The majority leader said.
“We will give the Governor 7 days to defend herself and inform her what the charges are before the impeachment. We don’t hate her and we are friends with her.” The MCA added.
According to the impeachment motion, Ngilu violated the constitution and county government act where she failed to honor summons by the senate. The County Governor was summoned to appear before the Senate Committee on County Public Investment and Accounts to shed light on audit queries over management of the County funds and expenditure for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial years.
The Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee fined Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu 500,000 for failing to bring with her documents required to respond to audit queries of Kitui County.
The audit queries had been raised by the Auditor General in the Auditor General’s Report for the years ended 30th June 2018 and 30th June 2019 respectively. The full auditor general’s report is available on the Auditor General website.
Out of 7 County Executive Committee members (CECMs) the report indicates that only one is a woman and that is the Governor herself. This the motion says is a clear violation of article 175 (c) of the Constitution and Section 35 (2)(a) of the County Government Act on the Two Third gender Rule.
The motion also accuses Ngilu of failing to nominate a Health CECM for more than 2 years resulting in the people of Kitui being exposed to poor and inadequate health policies.
Purchase of stone crusher plant, irregular hiring of the Kitui county secretary, and failure to dismiss CECM for trade, cooperative, and investment are some of the other concerns highlighted in the impeachment motion.
Last year, Kitui County Assembly impeached two County Executive Committee members, Rosaita Ngina CECM for Health and Sanitation and Philip Mumo CECM for trade, cooperatives, and investments.