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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Claims Kiambu speaker bribed in Kabogo ouster bid

Kiambu Speaker Gathii Irungu is under pressure following allegations from MCAs from the Kiambu county assembly that he has been blocking an impeachment motion of Kiambu governor William Kabogo from being debated after being bribed.
It is claimed the speaker and a section in the assembly were offered Sh5 million to scuttle the impeachment process.
Last week, the High Court gave Irungu a 14-day ultimatum to respond to a petition in which he is being accused of shielding Kabogo from impeachment. However, Irungu who is also known to be a close ally to Kabogo has laughed off the allegation but has also told High Court judge George Odunga that he had not responded to the application as he was away in Tanzania.
Limuru Central ward rep Joseph Murugami went to court seeking an order against Irungu’s decision after he declined to table the motion in the assembly.
At the same time, Murugami has been granted leave to file a substantive application within 14 days. The judge directed the parties to adhere to the court’s time lines, saying there will be no extension.
Murugami accused Irungu of scuttling the motion on December 3 when he failed to issue a notice of seven days to impeach the governor. The speaker is reported to have dismissed the application at the last minute yet the motion is reported to have received the backing of 30 MCAs and was approved by himself.
The war that is being fought between Kabogo and the MCAs is as a result of Kabogo’s refusal to move the county office to the designated headquarters in Kiambu town.
The governor is further accused of failing to appear before the Senate to respond to audit queries raised by the auditor general over the misuse of public funds.