Now Residents seeks to remove Embu speaker from office over misconduct
TWELVE Embu county residents have moved to court seeking to remove assembly speaker Kariuki Mate from office for misconduct.
They filed an urgent petition at the High Court yesterday claiming that Mate has been conducting himself in a manner that is inconsistence with the requirement of the office he holds.
Jason Karira, Antony Kabuchoru, Samuel Njagi, Rosaline Karuri, Luka Njagi, Stanley Nyaga, Julieta Muthoni, Joseph Njagi, Martin Ireri, Josiah Nyaga, Philip Kisangi and Sammy Kithaka say Mate lacks integrity.
They said it is unconstitutional for him to continue holding public office.
The residents said they have learnt Mate had been charged with a criminal offence before he was elected to office. They have attached a copy of a charge sheet in which Mate was accused of receiving Sh49,000 in March 2008 from Halima Hassan as an inducement to influence her nomination as a councilor at the then city council of Nairobi.
The petitioners claim Mate chaired an interview panel for various posts advertised by the county in 2013, where he solicited money from candidates. They recorded statements with the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission but action is yet to be taken.
The 12 say the speaker was convicted for contempt of court and is awaiting sentence in a case filed by Governor Martin Wambora challenging his impeachment. They appeared before Justice Mumbi Ngugi.
However, Ngugi directed that the file be transferred to Embu.
Embu county has for the last few months been locked in leadership wrangles with Wambora impeached twice. He has filed a case at the High Court challenging his impeachment.
Last month, Mate went missing for five days, causing anxiety and speculation in the county. He was found alive and unharmed in Limuru.
The petitioners say Mate’s actions are inconsistent with the requirements of Chapter six of the constitution on leadership and integrity.
They are seeking several orders among them a declaration that the speaker is not fit to hold office with due regard to honesty, personal integrity, dignity and suitability to continue being in office and his continued stay in office is inconsistence with the constitution.
Also sought is a declaration that any act undertaken by Mate in discharge of his responsibilities is unconstitutional, null and void.