Mwangaza offered Free Legal Aid by Women Lawyers in Senate Impeachment Hearing

Mwangaza offered Free Legal Aid by Women Lawyers in Senate Impeachment Hearing

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Embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has been offered free legal representation at her Senate impeachment hearing.
The Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida-Kenya)Chairperson Nancy Ikinu said Fida was ready to represent Ms Mwangaza, whose impeachment hearing is expected at the Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7th and 8th, 2023.

“It is against this background that Fida-Kenya is extremely concerned by the ongoing attacks towards you as the Governor of Meru County. In particular, we note that since your successful election in August 2022, you have faced two impeachments by MCAs,” she said.

She said: “In line with our vision and mission as Fida-Kenya, we write to offer you legal representation, before the Senate and the courts of law, to ensure that you achieve justice in the matter.”
Fida-Kenya’s show of support for Mwangaza comes after some women leaders also defended Mwangaza, who was elected on an independent ticket.

They include Nyeri Woman Representative Rahab Mukami, Githunguri MP Gathoni Wamuchomba, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo and Narok Woman Representative Rebecca Tonkei.

They criticised the move by MCAs to impeach Mwangaza.
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo said what was happening in Meru was unfortunate.

She said they had hope that the senators will deliver a just outcome.

“We know that the Senate can deal with this issue effectively. Please, follow the law, but be mindful of the fact that as women leaders, higher standards are always placed upon us than that placed upon men. I stand with Mwangaza,” said the MP.

Senators approved on Thursday a procedural motion to alter the hours of sittings for November 7 and 8 to conduct the hearings on the proposed removal from office by impeachment of the governor.

The motion by majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot was seconded by Kilifi senator Steward Mwadzayo and unanimously approved by the members.

“THAT, notwithstanding the resolutions of the Senate made on February 16, 2023, and on  March 29, 2023, pursuant to Standing Order 32 on the approval of the Senate Calendar (Regular Sessions) for the Second Session, 2023 and pursuant to Standing Order 34 (4) (b), the Senate resolves to alter its hours of meeting on Tuesday, 7th November 2023 and Wednesday, 8th November, 2023,” read the motion.

Senators will now meet from 9:00 am to 1.00 pm for the morning sittings and at 2:30 pm until the close of business for the afternoon sittings in the two days.

The decision to conduct the hearing on plenary was arrived at Tuesday after members rejected a motion by Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina.

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