Senators on Monday voted in favor of the removal of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud from office.
A total of 25 senators voted in favour of the ouster motion.
Two senators voted against the motion while four abstained.
“Senators, these are the results of the vote, abstentions 4, Nays 2, Ayes 25. The net effect of the vote is that…the Senate has resolved to remove from office by impeachment Hon Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as Governor of Wajir County. The Governor, therefore, ceases to hold office,” Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka Declared after the vote.
The impeachment takes effect immediately, though Abdi can appeal the decision in court.
Senators upheld the decision by the Wajir County Assembly to send their county chief home having established sufficient grounds to strip him of his position at the helm of the devolved unit.
Among other charges, Mohamud was found guilty of gross violation of the Constitution.
A committee chaired by Nyamira Senator Okon’go Omogeni had recommended Mohamud’s ouster noting that it was satisfied that he had flouted County Government Act, Public Procurement Act, and Asset Disposal Act, and the Public Finance Management Act.
Prior to his impeachment, Mohamud had made a case against his removal from office terming the process political. According to Mohamud, his accusers had not demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he had indeed committed gross violation of the constitution.