Embu Governor Wambora terms Senate attempt to appeal his impeachment case as harassment

He told Senate to respect court rulings and give him a chance to work for Embu people.

Thursday January 14 2016

Embu Governor Martin Wambora. He has termed as

Embu Governor Martin Wambora. He has termed as harassment Senate's planned appeal of his impeachment case which was dismissed by the Court of Appeal. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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Embu Governor Martin Wambora has hit out at the Senate after it declared it was considering appealing his recent clearance by the Court Appeal on his impeachment case, saying this amounted to harassment.

He told the Senate to respect court rulings and give him a chance to work for the people of Embu.

Speaking Wednesday at Ngiiri market, Mbeere North Sub-County, where Tana Athi River Development Authority gave out over 150 acres for the construction of basic amenities, Mr Wambora accused the Senate of being hell-bent on ensuring he did not work.

“I was neither elected by the Senate nor the courts. I only owe Embu residents development and they are satisfied with what I have accomplished despite the cases.

“So, the Senate should leave me alone to work for my people,” he lashed out.

Mr Wambora said residents were tired of continuous court cases and it was only fair for the Senate to allow him to work for them.

The governor, at the same time, exuded confidence that he would be re-elected in 2017.

He dismissed leaders who had already started campaigning for the post, saying he will not give up the seat easily.

He told his competitors to be ready for a bruising battle in 2017 especially after his recent triumph.

“I cannot leave the seat for egoistic leaders who don’t have the needs of residents at heart. What have they done in their areas to deserve the seat? What can they show? They are just power driven and should be ready for the fight,” he said.

SUPPORT FOR WAMBORA

He made the remarks as Embu County Assembly Minority Leader, Paul Muchangi, also urged the Senate to drop a planned bid to appeal the recent clearance of Governor Wambora’s impeachment case.

Mr Muchangi said the county had embarked on a healing process and was focused on the implementation of development projects to recoup the time lost defending the impeachment cases.

Speaking at Kamugere Village where he met youth from his Gaturi North Ward, Mr Muchangi said majority of the residents were against a repeat of the case that spanned over two years, saying this interfered with the county’s development.

He said the Senate should respect the ruling of the Court of Appeal and let the county attain normalcy.

Muminji MCA Newton Kariuki told residents to vote in Mr Wambora in 2017 saying he should be given five years devoid of impeachments and court cases to show that he can deliver.

He said Mr Wambora had proved to be a performer given the many development projects that he has initiated despite the challenges that he has been facing battling with court cases.

Mr Wambora was impeached by the Embu County Assembly twice and has since been battling the cases in court to proof that his impeachment was not procedural.

The court of Appeal gave him reprieve after it nullified his impeachment and subsequently reinstated him as Embu governor.

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