A Bungoma human rights activist Moses Wanjala has petitioned Bungoma county assembly to impeach Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and his deputy Charles Ngome. Wanjala from Maraka ward in Webuye East constituency says that Wangamati has failed to follow all the procedures as a public servant by doing things outside the stipulated
law. Speaking on April 2 after his petition was received by the office of assembly clerk, Wanjala exuded confidence and said that Wangamati had abused the public office by employing unqualified people as he is allegedly engaged in conflict of interest contrary to the rules of the law. “Wangamati unprocedurally and illegally employed all Ford Kenya party office bearers in his office on very high job group without following the due process, he also appointed
eight advisers instead of three as recommended by the consortium of the then Transition Authority, Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the Council of Governors in 2013,” read the petition. Lukoye also accuses the governor of illegally creating offices such as chief officer in the office of the deputy governor, chief officer in the office of the county secretary, deputy county secretary, county chaplain, investment secretary, deputy chief of staff which are not necessary as per section 60 of the county government act 2012. The petition also accuses Wangamati of creating unnecessary service delivery unit which is a duplication of the roles of the county public service board
and the county department of public administration and management. “Wangamati also allowed the county directors to be moved to the lower positions but at same job groups and giving room to give acting allowance to his cronies to misuse them for his personal gains especially in the revenue and procurement departments, he also moved the sub county administrators to the county departments against the law and appointed junior officers to act thus increasing the wage bill,” the petition stated. The lobbyist in his petition also wants the county CEO kicked out for grossly violating the provisions of the public procurement and disposal act 2015 that requires that before a project is launched there must be financial provisions. “He launched a dual carriageway from Musikoma to Kanduyi worth Sh1.3 billion but there is only financial provision of Sh70 million. The road is also a KeNHA project that does not
require county resources to be used on it,” said Wanjala. Wangamati is also accused of violating article 232 of the
constitution of Kenya 2010 by creating the governor’s scholarship using public money without public participation
which is not effective and an uneconomic use of resources. He is also accused of giving out scholarships money without following the laid down procedures. The petition also states that the governor used public money to host MCAs in Uganda instead of holding such retreats in the country, which is lack of economic use of resources because the retreat had no outcome. Wanjala also asked the assembly to remove Wangamati as the governor and Prof Ngome as his deputy through impeachment. He also wants all illegal created offices to be abolished and all those people who were un-procedurally and illegally employed to be terminated and surcharged. The county assembly has 60 days
to present the petition to the floor of the house before it is committed to the relevant house committees.