Marimanti ward MCA Hon. Susan Ngugi has challenged residents of Tharaka Nithi to ask their respective MCAs to gang up together and evict governor Njuki from office for smooth running of the county.
Speaking to Newsflash 254, Hon.Susan says for a successful impeachment of governor Njuki, incorporation of the 20 MCAs from the county is vital for the requirements to be met and impeachment executed.
The Marimanti ward legislator warned that the Governor still remain a threat even as he will be operating away from Kathwana office as he is capable of influencing county officers to sway to his intended direction.”If we relent on this fight against the Governor’s impunity, he will still use county officers to loot and plunder more resources as he has showed to be having no interest of his electorates in heart,” She says. .
The known fierce critic of Njuki Government says the assembly has never been independent as most of the MCAs ended up buying Njuki’s intimidations and as a result the Governor’s will has always carried the day in the assembly. This has hampered accountability of right minded MCAs in carrying out their mandate in safeguarding the interests of their electorates.
For instance she says in several occasions they have been left standing for mwananchi as few rebel MCAs against their colleagues who have always been influenced by the governor. “The governor took captive of the assembly from its chair down to MCAs.This has led to the assembly being a total mess since all rot happening has ended being covered by the members of county assembly,” Hon. Susan says.
For instance susan has pointed the looting and embezzlement of Sh105 million meant for sinking boreholes in Tharaka by the county government of TharakaNithi.She says despite their Efforts to request for internal audit on the same, their plight has never seen the light of the day.
The Marimanti ward legislator’s remarks come after Njuki’s arraignment alongside other county officers over Sh34.9 million solid waste incinerator tender. Magistrate Douglas Ogoti of milimani law court released the governor on Sh 6 million cashbail after spending two nights at integrity center cells. Njuki was further barred from accessing his Kathwana office unless in compa ny of an EACC officer.
For Njuki to be impeached, there should be an impeachment motion signed by a third of the 20 MCAs, the speaker and clerk of the assembly to have its way into the house business Committee for time allocation for a sitting. Once tabled in the assembly for debate, the motion should get the support of at least 75% of the 20 MCAs for it to be debated by the senate.
Since the court rulling on Njuki’s graft case, the newly appointed county communication director Mr. Simon Kobia has come out to clear the air on the implications the rulling will have concerning county operations. Kobia says according to the ruling made, Njuki has only been barred from operating from his Kathwana office but the county boss can operate from other places.”Njuki still remain the TharakaNithi governor and shall continue dispensing his duties as a governor since he has been only restricted from operating in his Kathwana office,” Mr Kobia says.
Ms. Susan has therefore urged TharakaNithi electorates to demand accountability of their MCAs since without their cooperation the county will contnue to be a mess till the term end.