Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro is set to be sworn in today as County Governor following the approval of Ferdinand Waititu’s impeachment by the Senate on Wednesday.
A statement sent out by the Judiciary on Thursday morning indicates that the swearing-in will be presided by Justice John Onyiego.
“High Court Judge Onyiego will today, January 30, preside over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Kiambu Governor James Nyoro,” the statement reads in part.
The event is scheduled to start at 10 am.
This comes amid reports that Waititu is planning to move to court to challenge his impeachment.
He was impeached on grounds of gross misconduct, abuse of office and corruption.
A total of 38 senators participated in the process with 28 voting to remove Waititu from office. The majority of the lawmakers are those who support the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga.
At least 11 senators, a majority being leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga team, opposed Waititu’s impeachment.
Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula is among the list of the senators who opposed the removal of Waititu from office.
In the first count of violating the Constitution, 27 senators voted to impeach the governor while 12 opposed the move.
In the charge of violating national laws, 28 senators voted for his removal from office while 11 opposed it. The voting pattern was repeated in the third count of gross misconduct.
Only a simple majority of 24 senators was required to vote and pass the ouster motion.
Waititu is out on bail after he was charged with several counts of graft in July over Ksh588 million irregular tender.
Waititu, his wife Susan Ndung’u and several other people are accused of irregular procurement of a tender for the upgrading of various gravel roads to bituminous surface in Kiambu County.