Kiambu MCAs should not commence celebrating yet as far as impeaching governor Ferdinand Waititu is concerned.
The process of impeaching a governor in Kenya does not end in the county assembly.
Considering previous attempts by Embu and Muranga MCAs to impeach their governors being stopped by the Senate, Kiambu’s case is wide to debate.
The first reason why it will be difficult is that the Senate has never impeached a sitting governor.
Embu’s Martin Wambora was dismissed by his MCAs but the Senate failed to approve the impeachment.
Muranga’s Mwangi Wa Iria was also saved by the Senate.
Contextualizing the state of Kenya’s Senate and how it has dealt with previous impeachments, it is not automatic that it will approve Waititu’s impeachment.
The Senate is just the first huddle to be climbed by Waititu’s impeachment motion. The second reason is the judicial processes.
Governor Waititu’s camp can move to court to seek dismissal of his impeachment. The court once cancelled impeachment of Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony and Embu’s Martin Wambora and made them keep executing their gubernatorial duties.
There is the possibility of the embattled Kiambu governor seeking judicial attention in a bid to block his impeachment.
That is likely to occur since a number of MCAs allied to him have questioned the validity of the quorum in the Kiambu County Assembly during the impeachment motion.
So, the Senate and the court are major factors that will determine whether Waititu is fully impeached or not.
It is without any doubt a long way to go.