Resident files impeachment motion against Meru Governor


A petition has been filed at the Meru County Assembly by a resident to impeach Governor Kawira Mwangaza over alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.Constitutional activist Salesio Thuranira, popularly known as Omtatah, for his litigation on public interest matters, delivered the petition to the Clerk of the Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Meru assembly clerk Jacob Kirari said the petition is being studied by the legal team to establish if it meets threshold.

In the petition Mr Thuranira is urging the Assembly to initiate the impeachment process arguing that there are sufficient grounds for removal of Governor Mwangaza from office.

Ms Mwangaza has been locked in a standoff with members of the Meru County Assembly over allocation of ward development fund and bursary kitty under the new administration.

Mr Thuranira cites the appointment of a Mr Francis Mungai as the Meru County Revenue Board general manager which he says was done against the revenue board act.

He also cites an incident where the governor delegated duty to her husband Murega Baicu ‘yet he is not a state officer.’

Mr Thuranira argues that Ms Mwangaza’s cabinet was unveiled in violation to article 27 of the constitution and section 35 of the county government act. He adds that the appointment of Mr Rufus Miriti as the County Secretary goes against section 44 of the County Governments Act.

The act provides that the county secretary should be competitively appointed and approved by the county assembly. Mr Miriti was also county secretary in the former administration.

The activist also accuses the governor of declaring the owners of the land where Igoji Meru Youth Service Centre is located as 'thieves'.

Governor Mwangaza is also accused of humiliating Akithii MCA Mwenda Ithili in public and ‘inciting residents against the honourable member’.

Other grounds include the governor’s husband participation in official meetings and employment of two sisters, son in-law and cousin in various positions.

According to the County Governments Act, a motion of impeachment can only be moved on the floor of the house if it is supported by at least a third of all members. The motion passes if it is backed by at least two thirds of all members of the county assembly.

The developments come on a day when Njuri Ncheke leaders met the governor and resolved to end the stalemate.

Njuri Ncheke secretary Josphat Murangiri said the governor had expressed willingness to work with other leaders.

The presentation of the petition comes as governor Mwangaza wrote to the Controller of budget to seek advisory opinion on the legality of ward development fund, which is being demanded by the MCAs.

This comes after Governor Mwangaza’s cut off all informal links with ward representatives.

She demands MCAs write a formal letter requesting a ward development fund and explaining how it should be implemented within the law.


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