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Mwangaza stares a fresh ouster as 27 MCAs withdraw support, plan impeachment

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza is on the verge of facing another impeachment as 27 Members of the County Assembly of Meru allied to Kenya Kwanza declared their withdrawal of support for the embattled County boss.

Speaking on Saturday at Gatimene Garden the MCAs led by their majority leader Evans Mawira (Mitunguu) announced that the 27 MCAs have appended their signatures and will soon table a motion to impeach the governor.

“We are very disappointed with what has been happening in Meru, there has been a lot of shameful drama, shenanigans and chaos recently and it is not our mantra, we have decided to distance ourselves,” Mawira said.

The Majority leader added that they have not yet discussed the grounds but are sure they will find substantial grounds to impeach governor Kawira.

He however noted that the motion has also received support from other like-minded members from the Party of National Unity (PNU), National Ordinary People Empowerment Union (NOPEU), Jubilee and Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) ‘Mbus’ party.

Mawira added they will support a bill in the assembly that will equalize Ward Development Fund in all wards.

He said that Governor Mwangaza has not been supportive of MCAs who do not support her in their wards in terms of development.

He added that they will work with other MCAs on the way forward for Meru County.

Majority Whip Jim Muchui (Athwana) who echoed the sentiments said the governor is a lone ranger and does not respect other leaders.

Patrick Muthuri (Abothuguchi West) said Governor Mwangaza’s utterances have made her face the predicament she is facing.

“She would have been our governor for ten years but everyone has seen she does not have the capacity,” Muthuri noted.

Should the impeachment plan sail through, it will be the second time Governor Kawira will have been impeached in less than a year.

A similar move hit a snag after the Senate saved her from ouster on December 30, 2022.

This was after 67 of the 69 MCAs that were present in the Meru County Assembly impeached her on December 14 on five grounds including abuse of office just 64 days after she assumed office, disrespect to MPs, and nepotism.

Kawira pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

The 11-member Senate special committee chaired by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale said none of the 62 allegations leveled against her were substantiated.

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