Members of the Bomet County Assembly have now threatened to begin impeachment proceeding against their beleaguered Governor Isaac Ruto. Mr. Ruto, who is the chairman of the Council of Governors, has defied a presidential directive to step aside so that he may be investigated on corruption allegations against him.
Addressing journalists in Litein Town, Kericho County, on Saturday, four MCAs, led by Deputy Speaker Joyce Korir, said they had had “enough of misuse of funds by the county boss”. Mrs. Korir lauded as bold the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to release the list of elected and appointed leaders who are under investigation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
“We are now asking our governor to step aside and pave (the) way for investigations to be conducted against him.
“Being named by the EACC does not mean he is guilty, but if he fails to step aside, I will personally table an impeachment motion against him,” she said.
But even then, she raised concerns that the “tyranny of numbers” in the assembly, which has seen more MCAs stick by Governor Ruto, could work against those in agreement with the planned impeachment. The Singorwet ward representative said the assembly had already voted to sack the county government’s director of Finance and was in the process of impeaching the Finance executive. Both were accused of financial misappropriation.