The petitioners also want the governor to supply them with all documents related to the grounds of the petition.

The initial sitting to kick out Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati has begun in earnest.

The Assembly’s committee on public administration and ICT chaired by Khalaba ward MCA Okumu Majimbo began its initial sittings to verify the documents and evidences adduced by the petitioners.
The petitioners Prof. Barasa Nyukuri who is the director Torch Africa and Moses Lukoye of Centre Of Human Rights Advocacy have petitioned Bungoma county assembly members to remove the governor from office.

They have cited several grounds for the removal of the governor from office through an impeachment motion which include an abuse of a public office, gross violation of the constitution, incompetence, impropriety, lack of leadership and integrity.
The petitioners also want the governor to supply them with all documents related to the grounds of the petition.

“We are exercising our constitutional rights and fundermental freedoms stipulated in various articles of constitution of Kenya and the county government act 2012,” said Barasa.
Wangamati’s lawyer Henry Wasilwa Makhakara argued that citizens have no right to file a petition to impeach the governor because the prerogative lies with the county assembly members.
An issue that was overruled by the committee chairman saying that citizens have the right to file any complain matter to the county government or the national assembly.

“The citizen have no powers to file any petition for for the removal of the governor from office through an impeachment motion because they donated all the powers to the members of the county assembly,” said Makhakara.
Majimbo ordered that the advert for the petition to run on two newspapers with national circulation between July 31 and August 10, 2020.

“There will be another pre trial status conference on August 7 ahead of August 11 when the prosecution of the petition begins,” said Majimbo.

The committee chairman further asked both parties to submit all the evidencial documents and information required to the office of the county assembly clerk.
The prayer was raised by Mr.Lukoye after they allegedly received threats from the county executive and a section of MCAs.
Prof Barasa on Hansard mentioned Maraka MCA Ali Mutoka, Bukembe East MCA Joram Wanjala and their Siboti ward counterpart Wamusai Simiyu as among leaders threatening him.
Barasa filed his petition on June 22, while Lukoye filed his on July 14 ostensibly to kick out Wangamati.
Two weeks ago the county government stopped collecting signatures ostensibly to dissolve it based on an ending feuds between the executive and the Assembly.
CaptionPetitioners Moses Lukoye (Left) and Prof.Barasa Nyukuri who have filed petitions for removal of Governor Wycliffe Wangamati from office through an impeachment.

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