Murang’a Governor loses bid to stop ouster

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Murang'a County Governor Mwangi Wairia who was impeached on October 21, 2015 by MCAs who accused him of gross misconduct. FILE PHOTO | NJUGI NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Murang’a County Governor Mwangi Wairia who was impeached on October 21, 2015 by MCAs who accused him of gross misconduct. FILE PHOTO | NJUGI NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria on Friday lost a bid to stop the county assembly Speaker from forwarding to the Senate the decision to impeach him.

The governor moved to the High Court in Nairobi to stop Murang’a County Assembly Speaker Nduati Kariuki from sending the decision to the Senate, claiming he was not given a chance to defend himself.

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Judge Joseph Onguto declined to issue the order, saying the governor will not suffer any prejudice, but certified the application urgent and ordered that it be heard on Monday.

Mr Wa Iria had sued the Murang’a County Assembly, the Senate and their Speakers.

The governor was ousted on Wednesday after members of the county assembly (MCAs) accused him of misusing cash and failing to manage properly the county’s debt.

Mr Wa Iria was impeached after 34 out of 49 MCAs voted for his removal for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.

He needed only two more votes to survive but fell short.

-nation.co.ke

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