Impeachment: Senate defeats Murkomen’s motion over Waititu

The Senate shot down a motion tabled by Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen for the establishment of an 11-member Special Committee to handle the impeachment of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

The motion was shot down by 28 Senators to subject the embattled governor into facing the whole Senate.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka is set to gazette a fresh date when the plenary proceedings will be conducted following the rejection of the motion.

The motion was moved on Tuesday by the Majority Leader and seconded by Minority Leader James Orengo, but was heavily defeated when it was subjected to a vote questioning the objectivity of the proposed committee.

Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio and Farhiya Ali (Nominated) opposed the establishment of the select committee saying Murkomen had left out the Kieleweke faction of the Jubilee Party and ensured that all six nominees from the ruling party were those who are known to leaning towards the Tanga-Tanga wing which is supportive of Deputy President William Ruto, to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta when his term ends in 2022.

The Senate was forced to take a 10-minute adjournment in order to allow for consultations which Murkomen said would allow the House to build consensus on the list and move together.

Attempts by Orengo, Irungu Kangata (Murang’a)and Moses Wetangula (Bungoma) to convince Murkomen to withdraw the list and have the Senate Plenary handle the matter fell on deaf ears as the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator remained adamant.

The senators were recalled from the long December recess for a special sitting to decide on how to proceed with the matter.
The Standing Orders allow the Senate both options and in the past four impeachment proposals, they have preferred a committee to first deal the matter, before tabling a report in the House.

Waititu was last month ousted by 63 Kiambu MCAs who cited three grounds for their action. They accused him of corruption, gross misconduct and misuse of his office.