Ferdinand Waititu Baba Yao has been impeached as Kiambu governor.
The senate on Wednesday, January 29 voted overwhelmingly for the motion despite concerns on whether it met the legal threshold from a section of legislators.
Waititu was facing three charges among them gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office and crime under the national law.
In the first charge 27 senators voted in support of the charge and 12 voted against it.
Regarding the second charge on crimes under the National Law, 28 senators found the county boss guilty against 11 senators.
The third charge on abuse of office and gross misconduct had 28 senators vote in support while 11 cast a protest vote.
Waititu was impeached by the MCAs on December 19, 2019.
“Pursuant to Article 181 of the Constitution, Section 33 of the County Government Act, the Senate has resolved to remove the governor from office,” said Speaker Ken Lusaka.
Political differences featured prominently between the Tanga Tanga allied politicians and the Kieleweke faction, supporting DP William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta respectively.
Waititu’s is the second county boss to be heard by the plenary after that of former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua.
Senators, at a special sitting voted down a proposal by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen to form an 11-member special committee to investigate the charges.
The legislators argued the committee was mainly composed of Tanga Tanga faction of Jubilee supporting DP Ruto and was therefore likely to save the governor.
Waititu is already facing corruption charges, with a magistrate having directed that he stays away from office until his case is heard and determined.
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