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Fresh bid by MCAs to impeach Kawira after court directive

Governor Kawira Mwangaza. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

The Meru County Assembly has started yet another bid to impeach Governor Kawira Mwangaza.

Meru High Court judge Thripsisa Cherere last week issued a conservatory order stopping the impeachment motion and set January for directions.

Justice Cherere stopped the motion sponsored by Abogeta West MCA Dennis Kiogora, saying it did not follow procedure.

The other reason was that the motion risked violating Kawira’s rights.

The judge said the five days given to Kawira to defend herself were not adequate.

But Mr Kiogora, who afterwards said the assembly was committed to sending Kawira home, tabled a fresh notice of motion.

Soon after Kiogora tabled the notice, Majority Leader Evans Mawira tabled a motion to extend the sitting up to December 21 for MCAs to be able to dispense with it and other matters, including the expected Supplementary Budget and vetting of executives, in the event the governor makes fresh appointments.

The MCAs recently rejected seven out of 10 nominees, forcing Kawira to delegate additional duties to the four who were approved.

The grounds Kiogora listed include Kawira’s appointment of her husband Baichu Murega as Patron of Meru Youth Service and Hustlers Ambassador 'a non-existent post'.

Kiogora said the appointment of Murega had bypassed a transparent and competitive vetting process.

He accused the governor of usurping the powers of the Meru County Public Service Board.

And a group of leaders, including former MCAs, have come out to defend the governor.

They appealed to President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua to intervene and save Kawira from the impending impeachment.

The group, which included former MCAs Nick Mburugu, Richard Gitarii and David Kaithia, said some leaders had hatched a plot to have Kawira impeached to pave way for their own 2027 political ambitions.

“Our governor also sought the president’s intervention while in Embu. We support her,” Mburugu said.