Kenya: 105 MPs Sign Motion to Impeach President

Some 105 MPs have signed a motion to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta over claims he has violated the constitution.

Suba MP John Mbadi, who is leading the initiative, said that the exercise is progressing well and he expects the matter to be concluded by the end of this week.

The constitution requires that at least a third of the 349 MPs support the motion before it is introduced in the House for debate.

“Those who thought we were joking should be very afraid because the train left the station a long time ago,” said Mbadi, who is also the ODM chairman, yesterday at Parliament Buildings.

The committee consisting of Cord’s top leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula which was formed to push for Uhuru’s impeachment said it is in the final stages of preparing the motion.

The committee is co- chaired by Senators James Orengo (Siaya) and Johnstone Muthama (Machakos).

Other members are MPs Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren), Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka), Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Mbadi, nominated Senator Janet Ongera and lawyer Anthony Oluoch.

It is not yet clear when the motion will be presented to the clerk for scrutiny before the approval by the speaker.

The draft motion accuses the President of contempt of court.

It states Uhuru defied court orders by calling for the destruction of a ship in Mombasa alleged to be ferrying drugs.

The President’s refusal to pay the teachers the court ordered 50-60 per cent salary increase is another point given as grounds for impeachement.

The draft motion says Uhuru has openly discriminated against some Cabinet Secretaries by directing those named in corruption scandals to step aside while defending Devolution CS Anne Waiguru.

“The President has resisted calls that she steps aside for investigations over the loss of Sh791 million at the National Youth Service that is under her watch,” the draft motion reads.

Violation of the gender rule has also been cited.

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