Tensions are high in Nakuru County, Kenya, as Senator Tabitha Karanja has made a bold move, calling for the impeachment of Governor Susan Kihika over the ongoing controversy surrounding the War Memorial Hospital. The dispute stems from Kihika’s administration’s attempt to take over the private hospital, sparking outrage and legal battles.
Senator Karanja, a fierce critic of Kihika’s handling of the situation, addressed the press, stating, “The Governor’s actions constitute gross misconduct and abuse of power. Her attempt to forcefully take over a private hospital, disregarding legal procedures and causing immense distress to patients and staff, is simply unacceptable.”
The War Memorial Hospital takeover saga began in November 2023 when Kihika’s administration issued a directive claiming ownership of the facility. This move was met with resistance from the hospital’s board of directors and management, who challenged the decision in court. The legal battle has been ongoing, with no clear resolution in sight.
Karanja’s call for impeachment has divided public opinion in Nakuru. Some residents support her stance, condemning Kihika’s actions and demanding accountability. Others, however, express concerns about the potential political instability that an impeachment process could trigger.
“We are already reeling from the economic challenges and political uncertainty,” shared a local resident, John Mwangi. “Adding an impeachment process to the mix feels like pouring fuel on a fire. We need solutions, not more drama.”
Despite the mixed reactions, Karanja remains resolute. “This is not about politics,” she emphasized. “It’s about upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of our citizens. If Governor Kihika cannot operate within the bounds of the law, then she is unfit to hold office.”
The War Memorial Hospital saga has become a significant test case for Kihika’s administration, highlighting concerns about her leadership style and commitment to transparency. With Senator Karanja’s impeachment call now on the table, the coming weeks are likely to see heightened political tension and increased scrutiny of Kihika’s actions.
It remains to be seen whether Karanja’s call will gain enough traction to trigger an impeachment process. However, one thing is certain: the War Memorial Hospital saga has cast a shadow over Kihika’s administration and sparked critical conversations about governance and accountability in Nakuru County.
The situation in Nakuru County is a reminder of the importance of upholding the rule of law and respecting the rights of citizens. It is also a call for responsible leadership and a commitment to transparent governance. Only time will tell how this story unfolds, but one thing is for sure: the eyes of Kenya are on Nakuru.