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Sunday 28 September 2014


The power struggle between Nyandarua governor Daniel Waithaka and his deputy Waithaka Mwangi has taken yet another twist with the war now trickling down to the county assembly where one camp is now threatening to impeach the finance executive Nelson Ngaruiya.

Sources reveal that already, the county assembly has approved a motion to impeach Ngaruiya over an alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Sources say some MCAs who are in the deputy governor’s camp are the ones who are behind the move. It is claimed that Ngaruiya and the deputy governor do not see eye to eye and that he is the one who is secretly sponsoring the impeachment motion.

Those pushing for his removal allege that he has cost the county government millions of shilling through fraudulent deals and mismanagement of resources.
Sources say the deputy governor is working secretly with the Gatimu ward MCA Kieru Wambui who also moved the motion to impeach Ngaruiya whom she accuses of flouting procurement laws by illegally constituting a parallel procurement committee against  the one formed by former secretary Charles Mwangi.

It is alleged that a list of nine members was compiled by Ngaruiya in disregard of the law. Also in the deputy governor’s camp pushing for his impeachment is Ndaragwa Central rep Mwangi Kagwe who also during the debate, said that  for the county to move forward, Ngaruiya must go.
He was also supported by the Kipipiri rep Michael Kirumba who also claimed that the evidence tabled by the motion mover was clear.

County speaker who is also said to be in the deputy governor’s camp Ndegwa Wahome is said to have given the impeachment motion a nod and has ordered the assembly to form a 14-member committee to probe the evidence tabled and come up with a report after 10 days that will pave the way for impeachment.

Last week, county assembly members resolved to suspend the procurement and tendering process following the tabling in the house of a dossier exposing rot. The dossier revealed the existence of two parallel tendering committees operating in the county; one appointed by the county executive committee  member for finance and another whose membership was forwarded by the county secretary.

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