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Embattled Governor Kawira Mwangaza to know her fate today

Friday, December 30th, 2022 09:45 | By
Embattled Governor Kawira Mwangaza to know her fate today
Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza with her lawyers at the Senate on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. PHOTO/Senate Kenya (@Senate_KE)/Twitter

The Senate will on Friday, December 30, convene for a special sitting to consider a report of the 11-member committee formed to probe the allegations levelled against embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza.

Mwangaza was impeached by the Meru County Assembly on December 14 after a protracted row over the management of the devolved unit.

Senate committee concluded its hearings at 2:00 am Thursday.

The committee chaired by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale kicked off the sittings on Monday. On Wednesday, the committee burned the midnight oil to conclude the hearing.

During the hearing, Mwangaza denied the 62 allegations levelled against her including nepotism and irregular appointments, abuse of office, and gross violation of the constitution and other county laws.

The besieged county boss' fate now lies in the hand of the senators who will either vote to uphold her ouster or dismiss the impeachment motion.

A total of 67 MCAs supported the motion to remove Governor Mwangaza from office in a charged session mid-December.

Abogeta West MCA and Minority Whip Dennis Kiogora accused the governor of nepotism, illegal appointments, unlawful dismissals, usurpation of constitutional and statutory functions, incitement, bullying, vilification and misleading campaigns against other leaders.

The embattled county boss was also accused of forced entry into the Meru County Assembly and mobilising unlawful riots against the ward representatives, violation of public finance management laws and misconduct relating to the nomination of CECs.

The feud with the overzealous ward representatives started when the former Meru Woman Representative offered her husband two county jobs a month after assuming office.

She appointed Murega Baichu as the Patron of the Meru Youth Service and Meru Hustlers Ambassador.

Though she said the husband wouldn't draw a salary from the county, the MCAs accused the governor of conflict of interest and nepotism.

The accusations were further fueled by the governor's hard stance on the management of the ward fund.

The MCAs had accused the county boss of denying them the funds to help them implement various projects at the ward level.

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