KAWIRA MWANGAZA STARES AT THE SECOND MOTION OF IMPEACHMENT

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Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza

Meru ward representatives were earlier Wednesday, 14 December 2022, debating the impeachment of Governor Kawira Mwangaza. Among the evidence presented before the Meru Assembly, led by Minority Whip Dennis Kiogora, is that she has claimed to be the first governor of Meru forgetting that there have been two gubernatorial governments in Meru since the devolution of counties. She has also been accused of creating a committee signed by the Meru Municipal board and directing the committee which she has no idea who the members are, to go to town and decide which taxi companies should carry passengers from which point to what point, this is the work of the Meru Municipal board and not the governors as gazetted in the municipal chatter on the appointment of municipal officers.
Evidence was also tabled other charges of incitement, bullying, vilification, and misleading campaigns against other leaders. A video annexed as 11a was played showing the humiliation of the minority leader Mwenda Ithiry, where the governor incited the public by asking if the minority leader should apologize. The public humiliation of the minority leader is enough to impeach the sitting governor. The governor broke chapter six of the constitution. 1) The authority assigned to a state officer-
a) is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that-
i) is consistent with the purposes and objects of the constitution;
ii) demonstrates respect for the people;
iii) brings honour to the nation and dignity to the office; and
iv) promotes public confidence in the integrity of the office; and
b) vests in the State officer the responsibility to serve the people rather than the power to rule them. The governor was accused of behaving like a medieval queen of England in the 1600s by asking the minority leader to go before her and apologise, almost asking him to kneel before her. She put the minority leader at risk by inciting the public against him.
The governor was also accused of nepotism, illegal appointments, unlawful dismissals, usurpation of constitutional and statutory functions, as well as forceful entry into the assembly.
Among others, the Governor broke article 74 of the constitution on the conduct of state officers.
1) A state officer shall behave, whether in public and official life, in private life, or in association with other persons, in a manner that avoids-
a) any conflict between personal interests and public official duties;
b) compromising any public or official interests in favour of a personal interest; or
c) demeaning the office and the officer holds.
2) A person who contravenes clause (1), or Article 76, 77 or 78 (2) –
a) shall be subject to the applicable disciplinary procedure for the relevant office; and
b) may, in accordance with the disciplinary procedure, referred to in paragraph (a), be dismissed or otherwise removed from office.
3) A person who has been dismissed or otherwise removed from office for a contravention of the provisions specified in clause (2) is disqualified from holding any other State office.
It is with these acts that the honourable house was urged that since the Governor has not demonstrated integrity in leadership, has broken chapter six of the constitution, ought to be held culpable and responsible of her acts.

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