MCAs from the Meru County have began the process of impeaching their Governor, Kawira Mwangaza.
The County Assembly received a petition seeking to initiate impeachment proceedings against the embattled county boss.
The petition filed by Meru resident Thuranira Salesio Mutuma on Thursday, accuses Governor Mwangaza of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Mutuma argues that Kawira contravened the Meru Revenue Board Act, 2014 by purportedly announcing the appointment of Francis Muigai as the new General Manager of the Meru County Revenue Board without due process and approval of the County Assembly.
The Governor is also accused of going against the Constitution by sending the first gentleman, Murega Baichu, to a USAID stakeholders’ function despite not being a State officer hence is not allowed to act on behalf of the county government.
“On 11th September, 2022, Hon. Kawira Mwangaza on her Facebook Page declared that she is not ready to work with other leaders since she is an Independent Governor
“On 30th September, 2022, Hon. Kawira Mwangaza unveiled her Cabinet Team that was in violation of Article 27 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and Section 35 of the County Government Act No. 17 of 2012. Effect to this violation I wrote a memorandum and a sworn Affidavit to the County Assembly of Meru Appointment committee and I raised the said Red Flags,” Mutuma said in his petition.
He added: “On 30th September, 2022, Hon. Kawira Mwangaza appointed one Mr. Rufus Miriti as the County Secretary contrary to Section 44 of County Governments Act No. 17 of 2012. That is the reason why his name was not forwarded to the County Assembly for vetting purposes.”
Governor faces more accusations
Mutuma further noted that, after her husband visited the Igoji Meru Youth Service (MYS) center, Kawira unfairly labeled the owner of the leased facility as a thief
He also accused Kawira of allegedly storming the County Assembly with rowdy youth, hence dishonouring the Honourable house as well as referring to the MCAs as cartels without any evidence.
The Governor is, in addition, facing accusations of nepotism for allegedly employing her family members to serve in various capacities under her official office.
Two of her sisters, the petition noted, are her bodyguard and personal assistant, the latter’s husband is her official driver, her cousin is the Meru County government spokesperson, while her husband is the Meru Youth Service (MYS) patron.
These, besides her husband allegedly attending official meetings at the governor’s offices, have been termed as an illegality and irregularity.
“…it is uncontroverted that Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has violated, infringed and threatened the Constitution and all other relevant provisions of the law hence the grounds of gross misconduct and abuse of abuse are substantiated,” added the petition.
Mutuma hence wants the Meru County Assembly to institute impeachment proceedings against Governor Kawira, as well as launch investigations into the allegations then summon the county boss to answer to them.
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