Oparanya expresses concern with impeachment motions against Governors

Council of Governors chairperson and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya

The Council of Governors (CoG) is concerned with the increasing number of impeachment motions by County Assembly members against Governors. CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said that assemblies’ decision to revert to impeaching Governors as a way of exercising their oversight mandate was not good to devolution, “Cases of Governors battling impeachment are worrying and a big threat to efforts to protect devolution.”

He noted that the Council recognized the roles played by Assemblies in oversight of the Executive  to endure prudent expenditure of public resources coupled with ensuring that public servants adhere to the law.

The Kakamega Governor added that in cases where investigations revealed cases of graft or abuse of office, the MCAs should not rush into impeaching County bosses but use other mechanisms in the law to punish them.

He added that he has realized that some leaders out to oust sitting Governors in the next general election have waged a war on them and were using MCAs to execute the scheme through impeachments. “We are aware of forces behind some of the impeachment motions against Governors. Our appeal to MCAs is that protect your integrity and that of the Assemblies by shunning such evil forces,” he added.

Oparanya added that impeachments will reverse the gains citizens have realized following the introduction of devolution.

He added that affected Governors were spending a lot of time and resources to defend their positions at the expense of development.

He noted that the country was going through tough moments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and all the eyes were on Governors to put in place measures to curb the spread of the virus and protect citizens.

He added that to achieve this, Governors need the support of the County Assemblies among other institutions. “This is the time for all leaders to focus on how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. My appeal to MCAs is to spare the Governors the agony of battling their ouster bids,” he added.

He noted that the focus is now moving from the national government to counties after the devolved units started reporting Covid-19 cases. Oparanya urged governors to ensure public funds were not embezzled to avoid MCAs wrath or falling into the wrong hands of the law.