The fate of embattled Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru now lies in the hands of the 11- member committees proposed by the Senate Business Committee.
This is after the Senate voted in favour of the committee as opposed to a plenary that was highly proposed by the Kirinyaga MCAs.
A total of 45 Senators voted in favour of select committee while 14 were opposed as one abstained from voting.
The 11 committees proposed to determine the matter include: Abshiro Halake (Nominated Senator), Michael Mbito (Trans Nzoia), Paul Githiomi (Nyandarua), Anwuar Loitiptip (Lamu), Philip Mpaayei ( Kajiado), Beth Mugo (Nominated), Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated), Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi ), Judith Pareno – (Nominated), Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay) and Cleophas Malalah (Kakamega).
If the 11 committees find Waiguru guilty of the charges, they will, therefore, recommend an impeachment motion against and if they find that the charges are unfounded that the case will be dismissed and no voting will be done at the Senate Assembly.
Waiguru’s ‘win’ was premeditated by a section of Tanga Tanga leaders who had earlier alleged that the ODM leader Raila Odinga was planning to save Waiguru from the ouster.
Former State House blogger Dennis Itumb I on Monday claimed that the Governor was already repackaging pieces of evidence in 11 boxes indicating that perhaps she was sure that her impeachment will go the committee way hence the need to service them with documents defend herself.
“Pre-determined debate @Senate_KE tomorrow? Governor @AnneWaiguru has reportedly spent all day packaging evidence in batches of 11 boxes each. Indicative that Senator @HonKangata has had his way in ensuring the matter is discussed at Committee level, the debate is Formality! Heko!” tweeted Itumbi.
Earlier, Kirinyaga Residents had held demonstrations demanding the Senate to go the plenary way with MCAs recorded at one time kneeling before the senators.
The move comes as a blow to them since they had confidence in the plenary as opposed to the select committee.