A fresh storm has hit Embu county after the governor sued the county assembly for suspending revenue collection to cripple his administration for abetting corruption.
Wambora who spent the better part of his first term battling MCAs who impeached him twice, has now filed a petition at the High Court in Embu challenging a motion that suspended all revenue collection until all officials the MCAs accuse of corruption step aside to pave way for investigations.
The ward representatives accuse the governor of abetting corruption by transferring graft-tainted officials to other departments instead of sacking them.
The legislators accuse two officials Jane Mugambi and Ruth Ndirangu of being corrupt while Mary Munene and Michael Ngoroi are said to be unqualified for their jobs.
They state that Mugambi failed to account for Sh15 million meant for the Women’s Empowerment Programme in the 2017/2018 financial year and also failed to submit performance reports.
The MCAs during a special sitting claimed Mugambi solicited for funds from the public for Embu Women’s Sacco, which she failed to declare.
Mugambi, the gender and social services chief officer, lost a court battle in which she sought orders stopping the implementation of an assembly report recommending her suspension.
The MCAs accuse Ndirangu of irregularly paying Sh60 million for acquisition of land in the Mwea Settlement Scheme when she was the chief officer for lands and physical planning before being transferred to the finance and planning department.
The MCAs further want Munene, the chief officer for infrastructure and public works, and her lands counterpart, Michael Ngoroi, sacked for being incompetent.
Last week, Wambora rushed to court where he sued the county assembly together with speaker Josiah Thiriku and clerk Jim Kauma.
Justice Florence Muchemi issued a conservatory order restraining the Embu county public service board and county secretary Jason Nyaga or their agents from implementing the resolutions made by the assembly until the suit is heard and determined.
The governor was reacting to the ward representatives’ passage of a motion barring the executive from charging levies on traders, citing rampant corruption as their main ground.
In a motion moved by the deputy minority leader Newton Kariuki, the MCAs resolved that there will be no more collection of taxes in Embu.
The MCAs are also demanding the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations investigate massive graft in the county executive’s finance department.
They claim more than Sh200 million was lost during the reign of Ndirangu as chief officer for finance.