5th April 2019
By yoana kimwele
The County Assembly of Kitui has finally approved the much awaited Sh.11.688 billion supplementary budget paving way for the county government to pay off pending bills.
The six-month long standoff between the executive and the county assembly had nearly grounded county government operations as cash crunch took the centre stage.
The protracted standoff further weighed down on public service delivery across the devolved unit, with locals saying they know the faces behind the scheme to frustrate Governor Charity Ngilu’s development agenda.
As if that was not enough, Members of the Kitui County Assembly moved a motion irregularly and maliciously to impeach the Treasury CECM Mary Nguli in what was seen as bid to settle political scores.
The impeachment attempt, which Waziri Nguli challenged in court eventually turned out to be pure without and blatant abuse of the Constitution and County Government Act.
This came amid calls by civil society groups and constitutional bodies to tame MCAs bent on frustrating county bosses across the country with impeachment threats should they fail to dance to their tune.
Flanked by her legal team comprising of lawyers Peter Wanyama and Maina Ngaruiya, the embattled executive member filed a Constitutional Petition to espouse her predicament at the hands of the rogue waheshimiwas.
The no-nonsense judge, Justice Odunga, after carefully considering the Petition and in the presence of County Assembly lawyers, issued orders stopping the County Assembly from proceeding with any processes aimed at impeaching the CEC.
On Thursday 4th April the Assembly’s ad hoc committee which was constituted by Speaker George Mutua Ndotto to investigate the county Minister cleared her of all accuations leveled against her.
The committee’s report was later tabled on the floor of the house for debate.
Impeachment of County Treasury Minister disposed of without debate.
April 05, 2019
A report on the impeachment of the County Executive Committee Member for County Treasury (CECM) Mrs. Mary Nguli was today laid on the Table of the House by the Chairperson of the Special Committee, Hon. Johnson Kanandu (Mumoni Ward).
Through a rigorous quasi-judicial process, which ended yesterday, the committee finally came to a conclusion supported by a 70% majority that the allegations levelled against Mrs. Nguli were unsubstantiated.
The County Assembly of Kitui Standing Orders No. 62 (8) on impeachment of a CECM state inter alia that “No further proceedings shall be taken on the matter if the select committee finds the allegations unsubstantiated”. The matter was therefore disposed of without debate.
The five member committee had been constituted on December 19th, 2018 following the approval of a motion on impeachment of the CECM which had been moved by the Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hon. Boniface Kasina (Tseikuru ward).
Six solid allegations had been levelled against the County Minister key among them being gross violation of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya through managing her office in a manner which did not promote public confidence in integrity of the office and the failure to implement Assembly resolutions among others.
The no nonsensical financial Guru has spearheaded the county treasury to the next level with county revenue collection shooting up in a row besides being lauded by several local and international financial institutions for openness and transparency in the budgetary process.