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November 15, 2018

Machakos deputy governor Kiala impeached by County Assembly

MCAs celebrates outside Machakos County assembly after impeaching county governor Bernard Kiala on Wednesday Photo/Wambua Kavila
MCAs celebrates outside Machakos County assembly after impeaching county governor Bernard Kiala on Wednesday Photo/Wambua Kavila

Machakos deputy governor Bernard Kiala has been impeached by the County Assembly.

Kiala was kicked out on Wednesday after 40 members passed the motion against 19, barely making for the two thirds majority required.

Many of the opposition members including minority leader Thomas Kasoa voted for the deputy governor's ouster who has sharply differed with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

Kiala ouster follows the recommendation of a report by an ad-hoc committee which was established to investigate him.

The committee report listed four grounds for impeachment among them gross violation of the constitution and acts of parliament, gross misconduct and abuse of office.

On violation of the constitution, Kiala was accused that between March 5, 2013 and July 2014, he antagonized the governor, county executive committee and county employees by criticizing the government he was working for thus undermining the spirit of collective responsibility.

The committee also found that the deputy governor failed to disclose that he had a criminal case pending in court contrary to chapter 6 and article 10 of the constitution.

The pending criminal case, 820 of 2005 is pitted between the republic versus Johannes Okello, Benjamin Omulo,Edwin Benjamin and Kiala.

Chief officer in charge of public service,labor and ICT, Jackson Kala told the committee that a staff audit revealed that the deputy governor had influenced employment of 14 of his close relatives and friends.

The report also revealed that Kiala demanded for unjustifiable payments of allowances to himself and officers under him for working over the weekends.

However,the assertions that Kiala solicited for money from members of the public to award contracts and for jobs in the county could not be substantiated.

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