Wajir Deputy Governor assumes office after the impeachment of Mohamed Abdi

Wajir County Deputy governor Ahmed Ali Muktar has today May 18, 2021 been sworn in as the next Governor for Wajir County after the Senate upheld the impeachment of former Governor.

Muktar was sworn-in early in the morning at the Wajir headqurters following the gazettement of Mohamud’s impeachment by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.

Governor Mohamud’s impeachment was confirmed yesterday by the senate following an earlier move by the MCAs in his County.

Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud was impeached on grounds of Gross violation of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010; the County Government Act, 2012; the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2015; and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012.

“PURSUANT to section 33 (6) (b) of the County Government Act,2012 and Standing Order 75 of the Senate Standing Orders, the Senate,
after according Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, the Governor of Wajir County, an opportunity to be heard, did on Monday, 17th May, 2021,
resolve to impeach Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, the Governor of Wajir County on the following ground; namely— Gross violation of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010; the County Government Act, 2012; the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2015; and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012,” reads the Gazette Notice dated May 17, 2021.

His impeachment trial was held by an 11-member Committee who later submitted a report to the senate recommending his removal.

During his removal, 25 Senators out of 47 upheld the decision surpassing the required number of a simple majority of 24 votes, two Senators opposed the impeachment while four abstained from the vote.

The Assembly accused the governor of  “had caused the health sector to run into disarray that had compromised right to the highest attainable health standards; and also that, “over Ksh.2.4 billion had been allocated to the department of medical service but the county referral hospital lab could not conduct COVID-19 tests due to faulty test kits and lack of reagents. ”

While defending himself, the governor stated that the County government had not suffered under his leadership adding that the grounds did not qualify for his impeachment.

“The main impeachment is said to be gross violation of the constitution by not providing adequate health facilities…according to me…, we have provided enough…I could be impeached for violation of the constitution but it cannot be for gross misconduct,” the Governor told the Senate on Monday.

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