Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza Survives Impeachment Motion

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza Survives Impeachment Motion

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Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza survived impeachment for her consecutive time after Senate Assembly has trashed an Impeachment motion lodged the county’s Members of County Assembly (MCAs).

The Senators voted to throw out all seven charges fronted against the governor by the Meru County Assembly.

In charge one on misappropriation and misuse of public resources, 28 senators voted that the governor was innocent while 19 senators voted to say she was guilty.

On nepotism and unethical practices, 42 senators voted to save the governor while five senators supported it.

On charge three, bullying, vilification, and demeaning of other leaders, 44 Senators dismissed the charge while three approved it.

On charge four of illegal appointment and usurpation of statutory powers, 26 senators voted against it while 20 voted in support. One Senator did not vote.

On Charge Five, Contempt of Court, 44 senators vindicated the governor while three senators backed the assembly on the accusation.

On charge six the governor named a road after her husband, 43 senators dismissed the charges while four senators found the governor guilty.

On charge seven, contempt of the assembly, 36 senators unanimously voted that the governor was innocent while 10 voted to support the Assembly claim.

“The result of the division indicates the senate has not upheld any of the charges. Therefore, the Senate has failed to remove from office the governor by impeachment. The governor accordingly continues to hold office,” Speaker Amason Kingi said while announcing the official results of the voting exercise.

Voting was done by delegation meaning only 47 senators representing all counties cast their votes.

The hearing of Governor Mwangaza’s impeachment case lasted two days. The Senate conducted a hearing session for her impeachment trial.

The vote came moments after the county chief made her final plea to the lawmakers to give her a second chance.

The hearing began on Tuesday, November 7th, 2023 when the Meru County Assembly presented their case.

On Wednesday, the Governor’s and her lawyer put her defense against the impeachment charges.

The governor was impeached after 59 MCAs voted in favor of the impeachment motion.

The House deliberated on the evidence produced by the Meru County Assembly legal team and  Mwangaza’s defense among other issues.

On Tuesday, she pleaded not guilty to all the seven charges that were leveled against her by county MCAs.

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