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I feel humiliated! Senator Onyonka says on Monda’s impeachment

"As the senator of Kisii County, this is a very deep, sad day for me."

In Summary

• Onyonka said that he felt humiliated as a member of the Gusii community that people from one family would take their fight over a bribe to the national stage.

• He said the impeachment of the deputy governor getting to the Senate was as a result of the failures of the leadership of the County of Kisii.

Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka
Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka
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Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka has said that he feels humiliated over the impeachment of Kisii Deputy Governor Robert Monda.

Speaking shortly before the Senate upheld Monda's impeachment, Onyonka said that he felt humiliated as a member of the Gusii community that people from one family would take their fight over a bribe to the national stage.

He claimed that the impeachment of the deputy governor getting to the Senate was a result of the failures of the leadership of the county of Kisii.

"As a person from Kisii community, I feel completely humiliated that my people can come here as a family and fight over bribes, over cutting of trees, when my county has got Sh16 billion every year and my recurrent expenditure is at 7 per cent and development expenditure is at 3 per cent. Those are the issues we have," Senator Onyonka said.

He added that he has constantly raised the said issues in question, which relate to the governance of the county.

"As the senator of Kisii County, this is a very deep, sad day for me. I have constantly raised issues about the governance issues in Kisii. I have frequently engaged church leaders, I have talked with Monda and Governor Arati."

On Thursday night, Monda lost his seat after the majority of Senators voted to uphold the four charges against him by the members of the Kisii County Assembly. 

Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka, however, abstained from the vote.

Monda was accused of gross violation of the Constitution and law, abuse of office, gross misconduct, and crimes under national law.

On the first and second counts, 39 senators voted in favour of his removal from office, three voted against and one abstained.

On the third count, 35 senators voted in favour of Monda's removal, seven voted against while one abstained.

On the last count, 32 senators voted for his removal, 10 against and one abstained.

"The result of the division indicates that the senators have upheld the following impeachment charges; gross violation of the constitution and any other law, abuse of office, gross misconduct and crimes under national law."

"Pursuant to article 181 of the Constitution, section 33 (7) of the County Government's Act and standing order 86 of the Senate standing orders, the senate has resolved to remove from office by impeachment Dr Robert Monda, the Deputy Governor of Kisii County and the deputy governor therefore ceases to hold office," Senate Speaker Amason Kingi said.

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