Meru MCA tables motion to impeach Governor Kawira Mwangaza

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 22 Nov, 2022 08:30 | 2 mins read
Kawira Mwangaza
Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza addresses journalists at the county headquarters on October 24, 2022. PHOTO/Courtesy

The woes facing Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza continued to mount on Monday after a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) hatched a plan to oust her from office.

Abogeta West Member of County Assembly Dennis Kiogora lodged a motion seeking impeachment of Governor Mwangaza over several allegations.

In the motion received by the speaker of Meru County Assembly on Monday, November 21, Kiogoro who is also the minority chief Whip wants the governor removed from office on allegations of violating the constitution, gross violations of county laws, abuse of office and gross misconduct.

Governor Mwangaza is also accused of nepotism, illegal appointment, unlawful dismissal and appointment of her husband to county offices among other issues.

Kiogora through his lawyer Muthomi Thiankolu says that the governor has engaged in multiple discreditable acts that severally and collectively amount to gross misconduct and abuse of office.

"The discreditable acts have exposed the office of the governor, the assembly and the leadership and the people of Meru to national shame, embarrassment, ridicule and disrepute," says lawyer Thionkolu.

He adds that the acts of Governor Mwangaza have created a toxic environment in which the governor cannot be legitimately expected or relied upon to work harmoniously with staff and elected leaders at the national and county levels of government.

"The governor's continued stay in office under the prevailing toxic environment will inevitably undermine effective and efficient service delivery and this hurt the interest of the people of Meru county," the petitioner says in his motion documents.

Kiogora accuses the governor of violating the County Government Act, Constitution and other laws when she appointed her husband to non- non-existence position of the patron of the Meru Youth service before conducting a transparent and competitive recruitment process.

The governor is also accused of illegally submitting her husband's name for approval by the Assembly before making impugned appointments.

Further, the Petitioner accuses Mwangaza of reappointing Rufus Miriti as the county secretary without the approval of the Assembly.

She is also accused of appointing several other unqualified persons to hold county offices while undertaking a transparent and competitive recruitment process.

They include Munene Samaritan (Director of Special Programs), Earnest Mutembei(Director of Monitoring and Evaluation), Henry Mzungu(director of Administration) and Hilary Sandi ( Director of communication).

The petitioner has also accused the governor of violating the constitution when she appointed firefighters during a public rally in Timau on September 22 before conducting a transparent and competitive recruitment process.

Mwangaza faces other allegations of illegally directing ward and Sub-county administrators to employ sweepers and market guards during a public rally at Kianjai.

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