Governor Khaemba urges leaders to engage anti-graft bodies in graft probe;faults MCAs planning to impeach him

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Deputy President William Ruto talking to Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in a past function (PHOTO/DPPS)
Deputy President William Ruto talking to Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in a past function (PHOTO/DPPS)

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has lashed out at Trans Nzoia MCAs who have plans to impeach him due to graft allegations. Hospital ward MCA Eric Wafula is pushing for the impeachment of Governor and fronted the Bill. While speaking to the press after touring the multibillion referral hospital still under construction, he said his government is open to investigation and that he had requested the MCAs to involve various organs mandated to carry out probes to visit and see the projects he had initiated. It’s not the first time the issue has been publicly discussed, with some leaders openly supporting the Governor during the launch of the Kitale Municipality charter.

Added to that, the impeachment talk comes days after Trans Nzoia Senator Micheal Mbito, Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa, Endebess MP Dr. Robert Pukose and Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi heightened the pressure on the Governor, faulting him for misappropriation of funds. “There are some leaders moving around and spreading lies over the misuse of funds yet I already told them in July to engage various organs like EACC, the Senate and the auditor general so that the truth can be seen,” he said, “But until today, no one has come to Trans Nzoia to carry out investigations.”

He assured residents that the structure will be complete by the end of the
year and a further Kshs 4 billion will be needed to buy equipment and enhance the human resource capacity. He disclosed that so far, the County has spent over Kshs 1 billion, and that the construction had stalled following delayed disbursement of funds by the national government.   

However, his comments come a day after twenty five MCAs appeared to withdraw their support for the bill to impeach him, both from Jubilee and other parties, led by minority leader Emmanuel Waswa who assured the Governor of their support during his second tenure. MCAs led by Waswa have dismissed claims that they were bribed.