By Josaya Mutugi
The embattled Kirinyaga Governor Ann Mumbi Waiguru was thrown under the bus by Members for the local Assembly for seven main reasons domiciled into two sub-topics entitled gross violation of the Constitution and abuse of office.
The reasons that saw Ms Waiguru impeached by 23 MCAs include’ failing to deliver the annual State of the County address to the Assembly, undermining the authority of the Assembly, establishing an irregular tender evaluation committee, irregularly awarding herself Sh10 million for travel allowances, irregularly payments to members of Kirinyaga Investment Development Authority (KIDA) despite the decision by the County Service Board not to pay them, violation of the right to health of the people of Kirinyaga County.
According to the details in the special motion laid at the floor of the house by Kerugoya Ward MCA James Kamau Mulango, the governor’s actions outlined in the reasons raised above have undermined the authority of the Assembly to offer oversight and approve various developmental plans.
Ms Waiguru was accused of violating public procurement and asset disposal Act 2015, by usurping powers of the accounting officer in establishing an irregular tender evaluation committee composed of ‘her partisan staff’ namely Pauline Kamau and Gichira Wyne who took instructions directly from the governor and alternated as chairpersons of all major tender evaluation committees contrary to the law.
“The governor’s said actions are meant to compromise the integrity of the tendering processes and were driven by nepotism, favoritism and for corrupt purposes.
Some of the contentious tenders are the Sh19 million Kagumo market upgrading which the MCAs argue that it was awarded to Joames Investment Limited but was undertaken by Master Rock construction without cancelling of the first contract.
The tender for evaluation report on the proposed indefinite quantity framework agreement for non- pharmaceutical and that of construction of Kagio Matatu parking which they say was reserved for Agpo only to be awarded to Jipsy civil and building contractors which was not Agpo certified.
The qualified contract, according to the MCAs tendered for Sh29 million but was awarded to the contractor who had bided for Sh30 million.
Some of the contractors according to the motion were paid the same day they invoiced the County in what the Assembly described as a criminal enterprise headed by the governor.
Other charges include irregular tendering of the governor’s vehicle despite the same being bought in the first regime which was headed by Joseph Ndathi.
Her fate now lies in the Senate but her dalliance with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Amollo Odinga may save her due to their numbers in the Senate.