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Women Governors Facing Extinction as Ngilu's Impeachment Set for Next Week

Debasnachi 06/24/2020

Charity Ngilu's fate is neither promising as Kitui MCAs are chasing to Impeach her on Monday, 29th day of June. The embattled Kitui governor might be breathing fire as sources known to this writer tips that removal of Ngilu is meant to pave way for a senior Wiper party Politician.

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Athi MCA Peter Kilonzo, the mover of Ngilu's impeachment motion to be tabled on Monday 29th June

Athi MCA Mr Peter Kilonzo has already presented impeachment motion to the Speaker of Kitui County Assembly. An advert that urges Kitui residents to give their views untill 26th June in a bid to facilitate public participation was circulated. Questionares were served and the motion can be downloaded in the Kitui County Assembly's website.

Ngilu is being axed for allegedly abuse of office, corruption and disrespecting the County Assembly of Kitui. The Senate of Kenya will have to attach its final approval if she has to go home.

Gov. Ngilu might be battling with the Majority Wiper MCAs who recently rejected her County Public Service Board (CPSB) nominees before reportedly holding a meeting with Kalonzo Musyoka.

The agenda of the meeting remain classified but actions speak should speak louder than words. Ngilu being a NASA affiliated governor and without the goodwill of Wiper's head, Kalonzo Musyoka, will be impeached in the County level. This might spell doom to women leaders.

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In the wake of 2017 general elections, strong women decided to race against men–dominated gubernatorial positions where three women were elected.

Former Gichugu MP Martha Karua and Former CS Devolution Ann Waiguru raced against the then incumbent Kirinyaga governor Joseph Ndathi. Ann Waiguru won the seat with a substantial majority votes using a Jubilee party ticket.

The late Bomet governor Joyce Labosso with Jubilee's ticket successfully defeated the then incumbent governor Isaac Ruto. Labosso's leadership was admired by many before she lost her life to cancer in line of duty and her deputy Hillary Barchok carried on the legacy.

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Hillary Barchok Sworn in on 8th August 2019 at Green Stadium Bomet County, took over from Joyce Labosso, File image/Daily nation

After putting up a spirited fight against the then incumbent governor Julius Malombe, Kitui governor Charity Ngulu won the hearts of Kitui residents. Ngilu belongs to National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) party affiliated to National Super Alliance (NASA).

On the other side, Kirinyaga people through MCA David Wangui drafted and actualized a motion to impeach governor Ann Mumbi Waiguru on grounds of abuse of office and corruption charges. Reports of their determination to send her home shocked many as they spent a night in chambers awaiting the impeachment day.

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Kirinyaga MCA David Wangui, the mover of Waiguru's impeachment

Mr David Wangui, the Kirinyaga MCA who drafted Waiguru's impeachment motion, was the first witness to the Special Senate Committee. He confirmed to the committee Monday that they spent the night in chambers to keep their numbers and motives safe from manipulation.

Even if Waiguru survives, it will not be easy to lead the demonstrating Kirinyaga people. Also securing a second term might be a game full of 'cheat codes' if she will be elected to the gubernatorial seat for a second term in 2022.

Waiguru's hearing in Senate will shape Ngilu's case. Governor Wiclyffe Wafula Wangamati of Bungoma County might also be in for the same if political winds hurls as at currently.

Sources:

http://www.kituicountyassembly.org/

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-06-23-kitui-mcas-to-debate-ngilus-impeachment-next-week/

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