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Thursday, 16 October 2014

KIBWANA RETURNS TO OFFCIE DESPITE IMPEACHEMENT



Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has resumed his duties despite being impeached by members of the county assembly last week.

He vowed to continue with his work as the county chief executive and diligently do what Makueni people elected him to do. Prof Kibwana, who spoke in Wote town where he launched the county public service rationalisation exercise, insisted he would only leave office if the electorate pass a vote of no confidence against him.

"I will continue to offer services to the people of Makueni despite the little hiccups orchestrated by a few who want to drag us behind," said the governor. Kibwana reiterated that he will crisscross the entire county to commission completed projects and launch fresh ones.

"I am aware that Makueni residents want their government dissolved and fresh elections held. I am ready to seek fresh mandate because as elected leaders, we serve at the pleasure of the electorate," said Kibwana.

A section of the county assembly last Thursday voted to impeach the governor over alleged incompetence and abuse of office. This prompted Kibwana to move to the High Court in Nairobi where he obtained an injunction stopping the Senate from debating his ouster until a case challenging the impeachment by the county assembly is heard and determined.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi granted the county boss orders restraining the Speaker of the Senate from introducing, discussing, seizing or otherwise deliberating his ouster. She directed that the matter be transferred to Machakos High Court for hearing and determination. The matter will be before the resident judge on Thursday.

Yesterday, Kibwana said his government would fully support the staff audit exercise and share information with the national government in a bid to entrench transparency in the county administration. He warned that any employee left out of the process will not be paid from the county funds and will be deemed to have quit public service.