Martin Nyaga Wambora (born 9 April 1951) is a Kenyan politician. He is the first Governor of Embu County in Kenya after winning on a TNA (The National Alliance) ticket in the Embu gubernatorial elections which was conducted in March 2013.
He was a former member of parliament for Runyenjes consistency from 2003 to 2007. Prior to becoming the Governor of Embu county, he served as the chairman of the board of Kenya Airports Authority and led to its winning of the two most prestigious airport industry awards in 2011.
He is the first Kenyan governor to be impeached in a highly disputed and political process, this was a decision that was made by the Kenyan senate.
39 senators voted yes,1 senator voted no and 1 abstained from voting during a motion that was conducted to ascertain whether the five Embu county assembly’s allegations were right.
The decision has been challenged in courts. There were also revelations that a politician from Mbeere side of the county bribed MCAs with a trip to Mombasa, to plan for the impeachment
Kerugoya court has reinstated ousted Embu governor Wambora as of April 16, 2014, after declaring his impeachment null and void. The judges stated that, “had the Senate investigated Wambora’s case, it would discover it was done in violation of the court order in the County Assembly.
Wambora, who is widely regarded as the governor with the proverbial nine lives, was reelected Embu Governor for the second term on August 8, 2017. He garnered 97,544 votes against Lenny Kivuti’s 96,597 while Kithinji Kiragu (PNU) emerged third with 50,590, with only one polling station not tallied.
Former Transport Principal Secretary Cyrus Njiru was a distant fourth with 2,344, followed by Leonard Muriuki (Narc Kenya, 2,313) and Dr Njagi Kumantha (939 votes).
Wambora, the Jubilee Party candidate, won by a huge margin in Runyenjes, attaining 53,345 votes against Kivuti’s 9,048; and repeated the feat in Manyatta by scoring 32,403 while the outgoing senator had 14,835.
His election was nullified in Embu High Court on 22 February 2018. The high court judge ordered for a fresh election