- Kawira Mwangaza, a first-time governor elected on an independence ticket, has since fallen out with the area Members of the County Assembly
- 67 out of 69 MCAs who approved her ouster accuse her of gross violation of the constitution, gross violation of various national and county laws
- Others are the Employment Act, Leadership and Integrity Act, County Assemblies Powers and Privileges Act, Public Finance Management Act
Members of the Meru county assembly have threatened to impeach governor Kawira Mwangaza over incompetence.
The MCAs, who has since fallen out with the county boss, accuse her of gross violation of the constitution, gross violation of various national and county laws, abuse of office and gross misconduct.
Kawira Mwangaza in hot water
The impeachment motion is backed by the signatures of 67 out of 69 MCAs.
“The governor has engaged in multiple discreditable acts. The discreditable acts have exposed the office of the governor, the Assembly and its leadership and the people of Meru county, to national shame, embarrassment ridicule and disrepute,” said Abogeta West MCA Dennis Kiogora.
Besides violating the constitution, Mwangaza is accused of flouting 10 national and county laws, including Public Officers Ethics Act, County Governments Act, Meru Youth Service Act, Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval ) Act, and Fair Administrative Actions Act.
Others are the Employment Act, Leadership and Integrity Act, County Assemblies Powers and Privileges Act, Public Finance Management Act and Meru County Retention and Enhancement Fund Act.
Kiogora argues that the actions of the governor have created a toxic environment.
In his own words, he says:
“The governor cannot be relied upon to work harmoniously with staff and elected leaders. Her continued stay in office under the prevailing toxic environment will inevitably undermine effective and efficient service delivery and thus hurt the interests of the people.” the MCA adds.
The county boss speaks out
But he county boss has dared the MCAs to table the impeachment motion because she was ready to submit a rebuttal.
The county boss accused the MCAs of sponsoring the petition by a Meru resident, terming it hot air that lacked legal basis.
While responding to integrity issues raised by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the female leader distanced herself from claims of nepotism in the appointment of county officials.
In a statement to the anti-corruption commission, the county boss clarified that her husband was not an employee of the county and has never received any payment from county coffers.