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Wajir DG takes over after Governor’s impeachment

[High court judge Justice Said Chitembwe (Left) during the swearing in ceremony of Wajir Governor Ahmed Ali Muktar. Photo/Courtesy].

Wajir’s Deputy Governor Ahmed Ali Muktar has officially been sworn in as Wajir Governor in a brief function held at the County headquarters at exactly 12 noon on Tuesday.

This is after the Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka published a Gazette notice confirming the impeachment of the former Wajir Governor after Senate upheld the decision by County Assembly to impeach the governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.

Getting busy

After the brief swearing ceremony led by High court judge Justice Said Chitembwe, the new Governor scheduled a meeting with doctors and nurse’s union leaders in the county at 2 pm, on Tuesday saying the county’s health sector is in deplorable condition and needs major revamp.

He said the health, education, water, environment and agriculture are some of the critical issues under his pipeline of activities.

He assured Wajir residents that he will work together with them in a bid to transform the lives of Wajir people.

“We will work together in transforming our County, I understand how tough the situation is but together we will achieve more,” he told residents.

The quick swearing in ceremony follows acknowledgement by Speaker of the Senate Kenneth Lusaka and a Gazette notice on Monday evening.

Bitter end

On Monday, 25 Senators voted in support of the impeachment motion against 2 while four abstained when an 11-member committee tabled the report recommending impeachment of the Governor for gross misconduct and violation of the Constitution.

The Committee chaired by Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni found the governor guilty of grossly violating the Constitution, County Government Act as well as the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal and Public Finance Management laws.

Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, Migori Senator Ochilo Ayako and Omogeni abstained.

37 out of 45 MCAs last month voted to send the Governor home for what they also said was an attempt to undermine their oversight role.

Abuse of office, irregular expenditures and failure to update ward representatives on the status of development projects are among the reasons that led to his impeachment.

The law

Omogeni however, observed that going forward the task of impeaching governors, should not be left solely to MCA’s.

[Former Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud. Photo/Courtesy]. 

The Senate team was unable to substantiate the second charge of abuse of office and gross misconduct.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka directed Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud to appear before the Senate and make his submissions in which he defended himself before Senators proceeded to debate on the motion.