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MCAs ignore Kidero’s plea to spare executive

Nairobi County Assembly members ignored a letter from Governor Evans Kidero asking them to stop the impeachment of County Executive for Transport Evans Ondieki.

In a letter to Speaker Alex Ole Magelo dated April 28, a day before the assembly launched the bid, Dr Kidero said it was unfair to condemn the executive on the basis of unsubstantiated media reports.

The Governor faulted the county assembly for acting impartially and arbitrarily in the matter.

“No organ should be a prosecutor, investigator and a judge in their own cause,” the letter read.

Dr Kidero stated that the allegations against Mr Ondieki were personal and asked for an impartial tribunal to investigate his conduct.

“The CEC has not breached any written law which is a mandatory requirement before impeachment proceedings should commence. There is a need for strict adherence to the Constitution,” he added. 

Dr Kidero urged the county assembly to work in a consultative and complimentary manner with his team.

The governor had largely remained out of the debate targeting Mr Ondieki. 

A similar bid by two activists, Mr Okiya Omtatah and Mr Wyclife Gisebe to stop Mr Ondieki’s impeachment in courts had also failed.

While overwhelmingly passing the motion of censure, the Nairobi Members of the County Assembly however stated that they were not on the warpath with the executive but merely trying to revamp a department that would ensure their political survival.

“This is not a show of might by the assembly but time is running out and we have nothing to show for it.

“This house raised taxes but Nairobi residents are not getting commensurate services,” Ngara Ward representative Cege Mwaura said during the debate.