No Impeachment For Samboja

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Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has survived an impeachment motion. This is after the Senate found that the allegations made against him were not substantiated.

The Senate Select Committee recommended that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigate the issues raised by the County Assembly.

A report by the Senate committee, Njeru Ndwiga (Embu) as the chair, found that the details of the allegations ,against the governor did not meet the threshold for impeachment.

Taita Taveta ward representatives had levelled seven charges against the county boss. These include gross misconduct, misleading the people of Taita Taveta, misappropriation of funds, failure to submit to the county assembly an annual report on the implementation status of county policies and plans, and failure to deliver an annual State of the County address.

To reconcile the governor and his MCAs, the Embu Senator recommended a mediation process by the Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

The committee took issue with the statutory timelines for the conclusion of the impeachment process. It said the 10-day period is not adequate and there is need to amend the law to extend it.

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Timothy Omondi