Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza Survives Second Impeachment

Embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has for the second time survived an impeachment motion lodged against her at the Senate.

Majority of the legislators voted against all 7 allegations laid against her thus shooting down the motion.

The Governor who had been impeached by 59 MCAs of the Meru County Assembly was facing 7 accusations including; misappropriation and misuse of county resources, bullying and vilification of other leaders, contempt of court, illegal appointments, and usurping statutory powers, illegally naming a public road after her husband, and contempt of the Assembly.

The two-day-long hearing witnessed different sides table their submissions as Senators posed questions to the Governor and lawyers representing the MCAs.

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza follows the proceedings of her impeachment case

Meru County MCAs through their lawyer Muthonu Thiankolu leveled the accusations against the Governor arguing that the county chief had demonstrated inability to work with other leaders leading to irreconcilable differences.

The MCAs lawyer pleaded with the Senators not to spare the Governor as she had already faced three motions calling for her impeachment.

One of the witnesses took to the stand alleging that Governor Kawira Mwangaza’s husband had threatened him and ordered him not to step back into his office despite a court order allowing him to do so.

“We made several efforts to be reinstated back to our office because we were sent home unprocedurally,” Paul Mwaki Arimi, the CEO of Alcoholic Drinks Control Board-Meru said.

Governor Kawira however pleaded not guilty to all the seven charges and dismissed the evidence tabled by the MCAs.

Her lawyers put up a spirited fight by tabling their evidence and lined up various witnesses to defend her.

“The issue of misappropriation of funds. We do not have any report from the Auditor General, what we have is a complaint presented to the EACC,” one of her lawyers stated.

The Meru Governor accused the MCAs of being misled citing that they had already buried the hatchet in the past.

‘‘Pressure has been mounted on Members of the County Assembly of Meru by the same leaders and they had no option apart from adopting an impeachment motion where they were forced to sign and impeach,’’ Governor Kawira stated.

This was the second time the Meru Governor appeared in the Senate for an impeachment hearing after surviving a similar attempt in December 2022.

A special 11-member committee led by Kakamega Senator Bony Khalwale which was formed to investigate allegations leveled against her concluded that all the 62 accusations were unsubstantiated.

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