In what seems to be a strategy to redeem themselves ahead of the 2022 general elections, ward reps from at least seven counties have suddenly realized their immense powers and have schemed to wield them for their own benefit 3 years after going to bed with their respective county executive.
The MCAs from Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Kitui, Bungoma , Nandi , Isiolo & Kwale counties have already initiated their plans to oust their county bosses in grounds of gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and misuses of public resources.
Following the impending impeachment of the Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru whose fate lies with the senate, the governors from the seven counties have engaged in fierce battles with MCA’s with the later accusing them of undermining the county assemblies and engaging in nepotism and plunder of public resources.
During the Senate’s proceedings on determination of Governor Waiguru’s case, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr hinted that more impeachments were on the way into the floor of the upper house.
“I want to ask senators to approach this debate on the impeachment of Waiguru in a sober manner bearing in mind there are about five more of the same that are coming,” he said.
According to Martin Andati a governance expert, the sudden impeachment energies targeting governors is driven by extortion on the part of the ward reps.
Andati argues that “The predecessors of the current MCAs didn’t know their powers well and the sitting ward reps are reawakening and knowing that they really have powers with some of the MCA’s using their authority to extort the governors.
However, in Kitui county, Governor Charity Ngilu blames Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka of being behind her woes due to the Supremacy battle between the two on who controls the Ukambani voting block.
According to Ngilu, Kalonzo Musyoka is making good his threats of undermining her administration since his party controls Kitui county assembly.
On the other hand, Ford Kenya MPs & MCA’s from Bungoma county who are allied to the party leader Moses Wetangula have accused Governor Wycliffe Wangamati of undermining Wetangula’s authority in the party.
Governor Wangamati is also facing allegations of misused of public resources.
Governor Stephen Sang of Nandi is also on the chopping board with his administration facing charges of corruption and misuse of World Bank funds.