Susan Ngugi, Marimanti ward Member of the County Assembly has been impeached as the deputy speaker for Tharaka Nithi County Assembly after a vote of no confidence. Susan Ngugi has been accused of using unprofessional language, walking out of the House during the bursary committee among others.
An impeachment motion against her had been tabled at the assembly. The motion which was sponsored by Majority Leader Godfrey Murithi, was accusing Ms Susan Ngugi of gross misconduct. She stormed out of the chambers on December 12, 2018 as the list of assembly business committee nominees was being tabled where she had protested over the composition of the list.
The deputy speaker is also accused of making allegations against a fellow MCA without substantiating and using un-parliamentary language contrary to her duty of ensuring the dignity of the assembly and ensuring that its rights and privileges are not misused. She is also accused of leaking a discussion of house business committee to the public and the press.
She however had dismissed the allegations and accused the executive of championing her removal due to her stand in the fight against rampant corruption in the county. She said during the two debates, she could not remember being declared out of order by the speaker; ”I am surprised that an impeachment motion against me has emerged three months after the sittings.” She alleged that her colleagues had been compromised by the executive and could not go against Governor Muthomi Njuki.
Constitutionally, speaker or his deputy can be impeached on grounds of gross misconduct, abuse of office, incompetence, gross violation of laws or if he or she is proved to be of unsound mind.