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Wajir county assembly votes governor Abdi out of office

MOGADISHU (SD) – Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi has been impeached by the county’s members of assembly after the governor was accused of financial impropriety, abuse of office, gross misconduct and violation of the Constitution.

Out of 47 members at the assembly, 37 members voted in support of his impeachment while 10 voted against it. Two were absent.

The county members also cited poor service delivery.

The Speaker of Wajir County Assembly, Ibrahim Yakub, who presided over the sitting while announcing the impeachment said that two-thirds of the members supported the impeachment of the governor.

“I the speaker of the county assembly here by declare the governor of Wajir Mohamed Abdi impeached following a unanimous voting of the MCAs in support of the same,” said the speaker.

Yakub is expected to forward deliberations of the Tuesday, April 27 impeachment to Senate Speaker, Kenneth Lusaka.

Lusaka will, alongside senators, determine whether Mohamud will be subjected to grilling by the plenary or the entire House.

On his side, the county governor said the MCAs have not given dialogue a chance saying they were being used by politicians in Nairobi.

“I have the Wajir people behind me and I will defeat them during the elections. I will do everything through my lawyers to defend my seat,” he said.

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