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Mwangaza under siege as Meru residents ‘rubber stamp’ impeachment

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By Wanja Waweru

Meru may still not have a “Mwangaza,” as even locals screamed that they did not want the governor, Kawira Mwangaza, who has only been in office for three months.

A group of Meru citizens screamed “Kawira must go!” during a public participation session held at County Assembly facilities over the petition demanding Governor Mwangaza’s impeachment, indicating they wanted their first female governor to leave office.

The public appeal was made at the same time as 68 out of 69 MCAs from Meru County Assembly (MCA) submitted their signatures to a petition to remove Ms. Mwangaza from office.

Dennis Kiogora of Abogeta West, the Minority Chief Whip, presented the motion, claiming the governor had violated the Leadership and Integrity Act.

“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,” Mr Kiogora said.

He added that the actions of the governor had created a toxic environment in which the governor cannot be relied upon to work harmoniously with staff and elected leaders.

“The governor’s 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.”

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