Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali has filed a petition seeking to impeach Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia over alleged gross misconduct and violation of the Constitution.
In the petition signed by 90 Members of Parliament, Macharia is accused of overseeing stalled government projects worth Ksh.100 billion and being part of the Afya House scandal that saw taxpayers lose Ksh.5.2 billion in 2016 when he was the Health CS.
“Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has failed to set up crucial infrastructure such as highways, bridges, ports and airports despite such projects being hailed as important for the country’s economic growth,” reads part of the petition.
The journalist famed for his popular investigative TV series Jicho Pevu now turned legislator, further claims CS Macharia has sidelined major stakeholders in cargo transportation industry in the implementation of the directive to have all cargo from the Port of Mombasa transported through the Standard Gauge Railway, thus causing public suffering.
“The CS is forcing people to transport cargo from Mombasa to Naivasha, that means if I have a cargo at Mombasa and I am in Mombasa, I can’t clear and collect my cargo at Mombasa but rather have to go to Naivasha. He is a CS who has been operating in any ministry that he has been to with a lot of impunity”, the nyali lawmaker stated.
CS Macharia is also accused of lying under oath when he appeared before Parliamentary Committees and assured lawmakers that directives on transport cargo had been suspended, yet it was not the case.
National Assembly Clerk Micheal Sialai has confirmed receiving the petition by the Nyali MP as reported by Citizen Digital.
“The matter will be processed under the applicable provisions of the Standing Orders and House precedents and the Speaker will give direction within the next three days,” Sialai stated.