I apologise: Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza sees political light

It is instructive, though, she did not come close to the number of times Jesus said one should forgive. But, the good governor tried her level best.

It was Peter who asked Jesus how often his brother shall sin against him, upon which he would forgive the troublesome sibling.

"Up to seven times?" Peter wondered.

Jesus said to him; "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven".

Today, Bishop Kawira followed the scriptures and at last asked the MCAs to forgive her, even as she maintained she had done nothing wrong. On her side, she didn't insist on the 70x7 standard recommended in the Holy Book.

Kawira led residents packed in a hall in 'apologizing' to each of the MCAs.

Meru MCAs led by Minority Leader Ayub Bundi and Jubilee Woman Rep aspirant Gakii Mbui address the press at Makutano in North Imenti. [Phares Mutembei, Standard]

To show her who was boss the MCAs rejected seven out of the 10 people she had nominated as Executive Committee Members (CEC), citing various reasons.

Among them was the fact that the bishop in the Baite Family Fellowship had picked four pastors among the 10 members of the cabinet, indicating it was not representative.

But a more serious allegation against the governor was that the governor had painted MCAs in bad light before the residents by claiming they had demanded county jobs for their lovers.

A stand-off ensued as Kawira and the ward reps flexed their muscles with both sides accusing each other of treachery.

MCAs had upped the ante in their quest to oust her by also claiming she had insulted them by storming the assembly in violation of the Standing Orders and listed the wrongs Kawira had committed against them and asked her to apologize.

Perhaps the biggest bone of contention was the Ward Development Fund, a tool the MCA need to fulfil the pledges they made in the electioneering period, but Kawira stuck to her guns that they will not get any ward fund.

She said the ward fund was illegal but asked the MCAs to instead table the priority projects they wanted the executive to execute in their wards in the public participation forums she had arranged t the grassroots.

Speaker Bundi and other leaders of the assembly claimed Kawira was also not picking up their calls.

"As long as she does not want to talk to us we will also not talk to her," said Mr Mawira.

With nobody seemingly unwilling to cede an inch and the MCAs determined to remedy their situation with an impeachment motion sponsored by Dennis "DMK" Kiogora on November 30, no end to the tiff was in sight.