Wajir MCAs on Tuesday voted to impeach Governor Mohammed Abdi on allegations including misuse of public funds and abuse of office.
Thirty seven MCAs voted in favour of the impeachment motion while 10 voted against it and two were absent.
The ward representatives ignored a court order and went ahead to discuss the impeachment motion. They also voted to extend the sitting to midnight to allow them enough time to discuss the matter.
Earlier in the day, there was drama outside the county assembly after lawyers representing Governor Abdi were locked out as they attempted to serve MCAs with a court order suspending the planned impeachment.
A Meru High Court on Monday suspended the impeachment until Thursday, when it is expected to issue directions on a case the governor has filed.
Meru Presiding Judge Justice Edward Muriithi ordered the assembly to halt the intended process until both parties appear before him Thursday afternoon.
The governor’s lawyers led by Mr Ndegwa Njiru and Ndegwa Mwangi remained outside the facility with security agencies insisting they were under orders not to open the gates to anyone.
“We have been unable to access the precinct but have pinned the court orders outside the facility. The OCPD (divisional police commander) is helping us to get in and serve the speaker and the clerk,” Mr Njiru said.
The lawyer said his team needed to access the assembly to be able to serve the motion mover, the clerk and the speaker.
“The mover is inside the assembly but we are unable to effect the service as the tradition demands. We have pinned the orders outside which is so conspicuous for anybody to notice,” he said.
The County Assembly Speaker is now expected to formally communicate the impeachment of the Governor to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.
It will then be determined whether Governor Mohamud’s fate will be determined by a committee or the entire House.
The Governor has since dismissed the allegations cited in the impeachment motion, accusing his political rivals of being behind the push to eject him from office.