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CORD plots to impeach Uhuru over insecurity

cordCORD MPs are plotting to introduce a motion in Parliament to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta over runaway insecurity in the country.

The motion is unlikely to succeed because of the “tyranny of numbers” but the MPs are hoping to embarrass the president and his government.

The MPs will cite the recent incident where Bungoma senator and Cord co-principal Moses Wetangula’s car was allegedly shot at along Mbagathi Way in Nairobi.

They will also refer to the Westgate terrorist attack in September that left 65 people dead; killings in Moyale, Isiolo, Pokot, Turkana, and Baragoi; and the recent bomb attack at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Cord plans to introduce the motion shortly after the National Assembly resumes its sessions on February 11.

Cord will claim that Uhuru has grossly violated Article 26 of the constitution provides that every person has the right to life and Article 29 that guarantees freedom and security.

“The president has been violating the constitution. The provisions are clear that if the president violates the supreme law, it is enough grounds to censure him,” said Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa.

“The recent declaration on Standard Gauge Railway is part of his disregard to the rule of law. It is impunity that must be checked,” he said.

“I am ready to support the motion. The president swore to protect and defend the constitution but he is not living up to the ideals of national values and principles of national governance,” said another ODM MP.

A Cabinet meeting chaired by the President on Tuesday at State House dwelt at length on the issue of insecurity.

Some Cabinet secretaries apparently said that the high present level of insecurity might scare off investors and damage the image of the entire Jubilee government.

After the meeting, the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit said the Cabinet had agreed “to enhance security of all Kenyans including strategic investments across the country.”

Jubilee MPs dismissed the idea of the impeachment motion as a waste of time.

“Considering the numbers they have in the House, it is a pipe dream,” said Endebess MP Robert Pukose of URP.

The MP said Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto have done their best to tackle insecurity.

He blamed Cord leaders for acting irresponsibly over the recent incident where Wetangula claimed his car had been shot at.

According to the constitution, any impeachment motion must be supported by at least two thirds of all MPs. If it is endorsed, the Speaker of the National Assembly is required to communicate the resolution to the Senate Speaker within two days.

The Senate speaker then has seven days to convene a meeting of senators to hear the charges against the president.

The Senate has the option of putting the motion to the vote, or appointing a special committee comprising 11 senators to investigate the matter and report to the Senate within 10 days. If the committee concludes the allegations against the president are unsubstantiated, the matter is put to an end and the president continues serving.

If the allegations are found to have merit, the Senate is required to vote on the impeachment but only after according the president an opportunity to be heard.

If at least two thirds of the Senators support the impeachment motion, the president ceases to hold office.

The Deputy President then assumes office as President for the remainder of the term of the impeached head of state.

– The Star

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