Attempts to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru have hit a snag after Nandi Hills legislator Alfred Keter failed to get the requisite numbers to set the motion rolling.
Keter had filed the motion with 97 legislators having appended their signatures in support of the impeachment motion only for 17 of them to withdraw.
Keter’s motion is deemed to have suffered technicalities after he failed to marshal 133 required members. The speaker of the national assembly has now raised the bar for those seeking to institute impeachment motions in future.
He had filed the motion seeking to institute an impeachment process for the CS citing gross violation of the constitution and corruption allegations in the national youth service.
Keter was required to mobilize a 1/3 of all MPs to support his motion for it to see the light of the day which translates to 133 members.
To ensure that impeachment motions are not used to blackmail and harass public officers the speaker of the national assembly has raised the bar for such motions in future.
In a ruling the speaker proposed a raft of measures that will ensure any legislator who appends their signatures in support of a motion cannot withdraw the signatures as witnessed in Keter’s case.
The new proposals will also ensure a member files the motion with at least five evidences to support the claims.
The proposals however raised concern amongst members in the house. This is the second time the CS is coming out of a similar attempt unscathed after efforts by Igembe south legislator Mithika Linturi to have her impeached also failed.
There have been at least five attempts to impeach public officers in the recent past.