A new twist has emerged in the impeachment case of ousted Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu, detailing how African Union envoy Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta scuttled Deputy President William Ruto’s plan to save Waititu.
A report by Daily Nation on Friday, January 31, stated that Odinga reached out to Siaya Senator James Orengo and asked him to call for an adjournment on Tuesday, January 21.
This was after Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Ruto’s ally, had suggested a list of committee members to probe the governor’s impeachment, many who were allies of the DP.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was chairman with his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika as deputy. Other members were Sylvia Kasanga (nominated), Mohamed Faki (Mombasa), Eric Okong’o Mogeni (Nyamira), Fredrick Outa (Kisumu), Hargura Godana (Marsabit) Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Anuar Oloitiptip (Lamu) Mithika Linturi (Meru) and Iman Falhada (nominated).
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata (deputy majority whip) also reportedly reached out to State House to protest over Murkomen’s plan. Kenyatta and Odinga thus mobilised legislators against the plan, urging that Waititu’s impeachment be discussed by a committee of the whole house.
Odinga also called for a secret meeting with his NASA brigade on Wednesday, January 22, where he pleaded them to vote out the governor.
“The president is keen to see the governor removed and he is seeking our support. We have a duty to support him and I plead with you not to let him and I down,” Odinga urged as stated by insiders.
Kang’ata, Charles Kibiru (Kirinyaga) and Johnson Sakaja ( Nairobi) were delegated by Kenyatta to rally Jubilee senators against Waititu.
“Murkomen brought exclusively Tanga Tanga names to the committee. I urged him to change, but he refused to make it more accommodating. Our differences spilled out to the floor and we mobilised and got it rejected. It was Uhuru versus Ruto,” Kang’ata was quoted by the outlet.
On Wednesday, January 29, Waititu was sent home by the Senators, despite Murkomen’s plea to save him from the ouster.
“I can see the mob lynching of the governor. The politics of the day is favouring his lynching. But politics change. Times change. If God gives me the opportunity to be in this house again, I will be very happy when another governor, who has been one of us, is brought to the dock.
“I know what vehicle drove people to what direction. I want to make it abundantly clear, when it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck,” Murkomen stated before moving the motion upon the request of Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.
Out of the 11 senators Murkomen had picked for the rejected committee, four of them voted for Waititu. These were senators Kihika, Oloitiptip, Linturi, and Godana.
Taking to his social media platforms on Thursday, January 30, Murkomen lamented that the oathing ceremony was not planned in accordance with the constitutional requirements.
“A High Court judge cannot preside over swearing-in of DG of Kiambu to be a governor before 10 days are over and before they gazette the date, time and place for conducting the swearing-in ceremony.
“But you know what? Everything is working like a clock in the new Kenya. If the Judiciary is eager to do this then nobody can stop reggae,” he wrote in reference to ODM leader Raila Odinga’s sentiments on the force of the BBI report.
Nyoro’s swearing-in was postponed to Friday, January 31.