How A Governor Is Impeached In Kenya

The 2010 Kenyan Constitution provided for the formation of a devolved system of government, decentralizing functions and services that were initially a reserve for the national government.

The devolved system saw 47 counties coming in place, with governors controlling the resources channeled to the counties from the national government and aides.

The governor was to be under the watch of County Senators who would grill the former if need be regarding the flow and circulation of public resources in the counties.

The governor can, however, leave their office under several mechanisms one of them being a vote of no confidence or impeachment by members in the county assembly. The members must have the necessary basis on which the impeachment will be built. A member or more can initiate an impeachment vote in the county assembly after the feeling of the governor grossly abusing their office.

After such vote passes with two-thirds of the county assembly members it is then presented to the senate speaker who shall thereafter form a committee to probe the allegations against the governor, who also is given an opportunity of fair hearing.

If the Senate committee finds the allegations to be true, the vote is opened for the senators to approve the impeachment. In that case, the governor leaves the office and their deputy takes over throughout the term.

If the Senate fails to prove the charges against the governor, the impeachment petition by the county assembly is subverted, and a member can only be allowed to come up with another petition after a period of three months.

Read more: Why Governor Waititu Was Impeached

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