The ouster was made official when 39 MCAs presented a notice indicating the changes to the clerk of the assembly
The legislators resolved to have Wekesa’s deputy Juma Nyongesa of Tuti Marakaru Ward replace her.
Wekesa was kicked out over corruption allegations over a jerrycan tender by the county government. The county is reported to have purchased 20-litre jerrycans at Ksh10,000 each.
According to the MCAs, the former majority leader had been liaising with the Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to cover up corrupt dealings in the county.
On May, 7, the MCAs engaged in a shouting match when they tried to eject Wekesa. They also accused her of poor leadership.
The MCAs faulted Speaker Emanuel Situma of frustrating their efforts to oust the MCA. Ndivisi Ward MCA Martin Wanyonyi stated that the house should have the independence envisioned in the constitution to keep the county government accountable.
Wekesa maintained that she had conducted her duties efficiently, adding that the impeachment motion against her was a witch hunt.
She stated that the members who wanted her out viewed her as an obstacle for them to achieve their selfish interests.
The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) summoned a number of MCAs while investigating claims of misappropriation of the funds by the county government.
According to the agency, the MCAs received between Ksh 30,000 and Ksh 40,000 each to stop investigations into the purchase of the jerrycans.
Governor Wangamati, while speaking during an interview on a vernacular radio station, admitted that funds had been misappropriated urging the assembly to investigate the matter.
“The county assembly should take stern action after completing investigations on how the money was spent,” the county head stated.
Here is the video courtesy of NTV: