Former Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen on Monday revealed the measures that he and others will take if embattled Kirinyanga governor Ann Waiguru survives impeachment.
Murkomen’s sentiments were based on the belief that Waiguru’s chances of surviving the Senate probe is standing at the highest percentage due to influence from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and some powerful officials in State House.
Speaking during Jambo Kenya, a popular morning show on Radio Citizen, the Elgeyo Marakwet said that Waiguru’s recent meeting with ODM leader Raila Odinga and utterances from ODM’s National Assembly Minority Whip Junnet Muhammed is a true indication that Waiguru will survive.
” …Raila and Uhuru have the power to save Waiguru. Raila held a meeting with her although he denied but the fact is that they met” he said.
Murkomen expressed his doubts over the independence of the Senate saying that the third wing of the government has been greatly influenced by the Executive. He throws blames to ODM leader Raila Odinga who he says has decided to be fully in government and sidelined his opposition duty.
“…Since the handshake, we have witnessed a lot of problems facing us each time. Raila has left his opposition role and he is now in the government circle” Murkomen said.
According to him, the majority of the lawmakers are working under directives from party leaders, which he says is demeaning the independence of the legislature as parliamentarians have become “puppets”.
This he exemplified with the case of former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu who he says was impeached by MCAs whose numbers did not meet the two-thirds threshold.
Despite the fact that it was not in regard to the law, he says the senators upheld the MCAs decision that saw Waititu impeached due to party politics.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru will now face the Senate on Tuesday after she was impeached by MCAs with a motion tabled on Tuesday by Mutira MCA David Wangui.
A total of 23 MCAs voted to impeach Governor Waiguru on grounds of gross misconduct and abuse of the office
Murkomen has now promised that a few of the lawmakers will stand against directives from anybody and stand with the rule of law to ensure that their voice is heard.