President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party Jubilee has instructed its ward reps in Bungoma County not to support a planned impeachment motion against governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati.
Already 45 county legislators had appended their signatures to table a motion to oust Wangamati who they accused of mismanaging Covid-19 funds, abuse of office as well as gross misconduct.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that minority leader, Bungoma County Assembly Francis Chemion, urged Jubilee MCAs to withdraw their signatures after a meeting with them.
“We had already appended our signatures supporting the motion but during our meeting with Jubilee deputy party leader, we were advised not to support the motion,” Chemion said as quoted by the Daily Nation.
On his part, Kabula MCA Vitalis Wangila said the decision by Jubilee MCAs to withdraw their support towards impeaching governor Wangamati was reached at after an order from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We do not make personal decisions but the party leads us. It is true that we withdrew after consultation with the party leadership,” he said.
Wangamati whose bodyguard recently strangled Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa found himself in hot soup after failing to account for over Ksh 20 million COVID -19 funds.
A report by the auditor general showed that Bungoma County was given more than Ksh 20 million to help the western county fight the Covid-19 pandemic but Wangamati misappropriated the funds.
Wangamati has on several occasions been implicated in corruption scandals
In 2020, Wangamati hit news headline for siphoning COVID-19 funds.
This was after reports emerged claiming Bungoma county bought 600 empty 20 litter jerrican at a cost of Ksh 10,000 each for handwashing in the fight against COVID-19.
The report further showed that Wangamati’s government refused to buy personal protective equipment for its COVID-19 response team amounting to Ksh 123,000 but instead borrowed close to Ksh 7 million for the awareness campaign.