The One Kenya Alliance has hailed the Senate for impeaching Wajir governor Mohammed Abdi.
According to Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi, Moses Mudavadi, and Moses Wetangula, the move by the Senate was a bold step towards the fight against impunity and corruption in Counties.
In a statement ot newsrooms after a what they termed status meeting, the four also critixised the High Court ruling against BBI bill
“The principals registered their dissatisfaction with the High Court judgement on the BBI constitution amendment but urgent Kenyans to be patient and wait for the appeal process to proceed to its logical conclusion,” the statement, seen by Kivumbi.co.ke said.
The governor was impeached after 25 Senators voted in support of a committee recommendation to have him kicked out of office.
Mohammed Abdi said that he deserves a pardon from the Senate since his mistake did not amount to gross misconduct.
The governor had been accused of squandering Wajir’s COVID-19 funds, putting the residents’ health at risk.
“A total of KSh2.92 billion was allocated towards improvement of the current health care system…. despite these colossal amounts…. Under the keen eye of the governor, the health system fell into disrepute, disrepair and failed as a whole,” MCA Hussein Abdirahman Dahir testified in the Senate.
“The committee further found that the allegations meet the threshold for the impeachment of the governor under Article 181 of the Constitution,” read a report from Senate.
Other than the embezzlement of funds, he was also on the chopping board for letting his wife run affairs of the county through the First Lady’s office.
As stipulated in the Constitution, Wajir’s deputy governor Ahmed Ali Muktar was sworn by the County assembly to assume the top office barely hours after Senate voted to impeach his boss.
Justice Said Chitembwe administered the oath of office to Muktar on May 18.
However, governor Abdi had moved to court to stop the swearing-in of his deputy. The court gave orders stopping his replacement and it remains to be seen how the events shall play out.