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Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya on the spot as four county executives face impeachment

By Evans Jaola November 7th, 2023 2 min read

Days after he was named among the top performing Governors in the country, Trans Nzoia County’s George Natembeya faces an uphill task to save his cabinet put on the chopping board by the County assembly.

This follows a move by 27 of the 33 Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to sign a notice of motion to impeach four members of Natembeya’s executive.

The motion comes amid a publicised fallout between Natembeya and his Deputy Philomena Kapkory.

Kapkory has consistently claimed she has been intimidated by Natembeya’s allies at the county.

Meanwhile, MCAs accuse the four executive members targeted of impeachment of graft, insubordination, and misadvising the Governor on financial prudence among other issues.

The motion to impeach the four was filed by James Mwangi (Bidii ward), Boniface Cheloti (Saboti), Edwin Koech (Cherangany/Suwerwa), and Minority leader Erick Wafula (Hospital ward).

In the motion signed by Speaker Andrew Wanyonyi, the MCAs want Governor Natembeya to sack CECs Jackson Wamuyu (Public Works, Transport and Energy), Boniface Wanyonyi (Finance), Stanely Kirui (Trade) and County Secretary Truphosa Amere over gross misconduct.

The four are further accused of violating the constitution on matters about good governance, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Governor Natembeya has described the move as a political witch hunt aimed at frustrating and gagging his government.

“I know and I can tell you personal interest can be so blinding, these issues raised have personal interests in it and it’s unfair,” said Natembeya.

The county boss has however vowed to maneuver the political landscape to ensure he delivers his manifesto to the residents of Trans Nzoia.

Natembeya who is also DAP-K deputy party leader enjoys the majority support of Members of the County assembly but the move could affect his relationship with the legislature.

Minority leader Erick Wafula said the legislators have nothing personal with the Executive but are doing their oversight role.

He said the affected CECs have made specific mistakes and must be punished according to the law.

In a related development, the Clergy have called for a truce between the Governor and his deputy.

Led by Bishop Martin Mafumbo, the religious leaders called on County leaders to use dialogue to solve leadership conflicts and further warned that the continued political fallout between the two County top leaders is a bad sign that could jeopardize the development agenda of the County.

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