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Follow the law or face impeachment, Governors warned

Governors have been urged to abide by the law when executing their mandate or face impeachment.

Secretary General of the County Assemblies Forum, Kipkurui Chepkwony and Member of the County Assembly (MCA) for Tinderet Ward regretted that most Governors are not upholding to the principals of good governance, adding that those violating laws and regulations will be impeached without mercy.

Mr Chepkwony said County Chiefs treat Assemblies as junior arm of the county government and tend to ignore their opinions and suggestions when carrying out their duties.

“We call upon Governors and County Executives to be guided by the rule of law and principals of good governance when executing their mandate. The county legislature will not spare anyone found guilty of abuse of office,” said Mr Chepkwony.

He warned Governors that Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) will continue to execute their mandate and oversight the executive with or without threats.

The Governors have been engaged in fierce battles with MCAs who have accused them of engaging in plunder of public resources, nepotism and undermining the authority of the Assemblies.

Observers say the Ward reps have suddenly realized their immense powers and many want to wield to their own advantage.

The Secretary General asked Council of Governors (COG) to be cautious and stop condoning bad practices among its members, adding that the law will be followed to the latter.

Mr Chepkwony said the recent move by COG to support the impeached Wajir Governor, Mohamed Abdi, without in-depth interrogation was setting a bad precedence to the Country.

“We are happy that the Senate vindicated the Assembly and upheld its decision. We are calling upon COG to stop supporting malpractices among Governors,” he said.

Locals who spoke to KNA said Governors have nothing to fear if they are carrying out their duties diligently according to the law.

By Linet Wafula

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