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Meru wrangles: Unity in sight as Gachagua meets Kawira Mwangaza


Jan 13, 2023
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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Thursday, January 12 met Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza in his quest to unite her with Members of County Assembly (MCAs) who impeached her last month.

In a statement, the DP said a truce was in sight after meeting the governor who has been at loggerheads with her MCAs over ward fund among other contentious issues.

“Today, I completed reaching out to all the factions of the political leadership of Meru.

“We discussed various issues raised by all the teams in the county and the need to foster peace, and conducive work environment for service delivery in the county.

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“We have agreed on a framework to bring all the leaders together for peace and harmony in the county,” Gachagua said.

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The meeting with the governor came a few weeks after the DP met legislators from the county.

Last Sunday, the DP also held talks with the county MCAs at his Mathira home.

“H. E President William Samoei Ruto instructed me to reach out to the leadership of the County of Meru, which, over the past months, has experienced leadership wrangles among the elected leaders.

“The President’s efforts were aimed at bringing peace and creating a conducive work environment for development and unity for the great people of Meru.

Kawira’s impeachment

On December 30, Mwangaza survived impeachment at the Senate.

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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5.18,” she posted on her Facebook page.

The special hearing chaired by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale made the verdict stating that none of the six charges and 62 grounds fronted were proved.

“After the consideration of charges made against Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza, all 11 members of the Special Senate Committee agreed and recommended that none of the charges was proved,” Khalwale stated.

The county head was impeached after just 112 days in office with all MCAs present at the assembly voting unanimously to have the first-term governor removed from office.

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The MCAs wanted Kawira out of office over alleged gross misconduct, the appointment of her husband to the county office and claims over the dismissal of county officers.

Other grounds were forceful entry into the Assembly precincts and mobilisation of unlawful riots against members of the Assembly, violation of public finance management law, and misconduct relating to the nomination of County Executive Committee (CEC) members.

The governor was also accused of disregarding the criteria for the establishment of offices within the county public service including failing to submit her husband’s name for approval by the Assembly before appointing him.

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