By Calvin Osiemo
Embattled Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria’s fate now lies with the Senate after a court case he had filed challenging his impeachment was dismissed. The governor will now face a Senate Committee chaired by Kitui Senator David Musila on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The court through Justice Joseph Onguto ruled that the governor had not demonstrated an arguable case to warrant court intervention at the initial stage. Murang’a County Assembly members are seeking to oust the governor over allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office. The MCA’s have also accused the governor of incurring unsustainable debt to the tune of Ksh. 2.8 Billion and spending public funds in private commercial entities.
According to the Auditor General’s report, Ksh. 28 million of the county’s expenditure cannot be accounted for. It has been alleged that the Ksh. 28 million was channeled towards Murang’a Investment Co-operative Society-a dairy project associated with the governor. The impeachment motion was filed by nominated member Mary Waithera who has since said that the MCA’s have nothing against the governor but rather the way he is running the county.
“The governor has also failed to establish the county budget and economic forum and also disregarded the County Assembly and undermined its legislative authority through requisition of monies and not remitting the same hence crippling operations of the House,” said Ms. Waithera.
According to Ms. Waithera, the governor has on several occasions ignored advice from the MCA’s regarding decisions made in the county. She indicated the Mr. Wa Iria borrowed Ksh 200 million from Kenya Commercial Bank without a guarantee from the National Treasury. She also accused the governor of spending Ksh. 247 million on advertising despite the County Assembly agreeing on Ksh. 7 million for the same purpose. 34 out of 49 members of the Murang’a County Assembly voted for his removal.