Who can be impeached in Kenya? The Constitution of Kenya and various Acts of Parliament provide for the impeachment of various State Officers.
The laws also provide the grounds for the removal of State Officers and the procedure to fill the vacancies.
The legislative arms of the National Government and the County Governments carry impeachment of State Officers.
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The State Officers that could be impeached in Kenya are as follows–
- The President;
- The Deputy President;
- Cabinet Secretaries;
- County Governors;
- Deputy County Governors;
- County Executive Committee Members.
The Constitution grants the National Assembly and the Senate the power to impeach the President.
One of the functions of the Senate is to determine any resolution to remove the President from office. Therefore, the Senate handles removing or impeaching the President in Kenya.
The Senate standing orders also expound on the removal and impeachment process.
Read more on the impeachment of the President.
The Constitution gives the National Assembly and the Senate the power to impeach the Deputy President.
One of the functions of the Senate is to determine any resolution to remove the Deputy President from office. Therefore, the Senate handles removing or impeaching the Deputy President in Kenya.
Read more on the impeachment of the Deputy President.
Article 152 of the Kenyan Constitution states that the President shall nominate and appoint Cabinet Secretaries with the approval of the National Assembly.
Article 152 (6) of the Constitution states further that a member of the National Assembly, supported by at least one-quarter of all the members of the Assembly, may propose a motion requiring the President to dismiss a Cabinet Secretary.
Read more on the impeachment of a Cabinet Secretary.
The Constitution mandates Parliament to establish laws to impeach a county governor.
The laws that govern the impeachment of a County Governor are the Constitution and the County Governments Act. The Standing Orders of the County Assemblies and the Senate complement these laws.
Read more on the impeachment of a County Governor.
The procedure to impeach a County Governor in Kenya applies, with the necessary modifications, to the impeachment of a Deputy Governor.
The Senate is in charge of impeaching a Deputy County Governor in Kenya.
Read more on the impeachment of a Deputy Governor.