In order to resolve the ongoing dispute between her and the Assembly, Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has now invited the county senator, all Members of Parliament, and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to a consultative meeting.
Mwangaza invited all of the Meru MPs, led by their chair Dr. Mutunga Kanyuithia, and MCAs, along with their speaker Ayub Bundi, to a meeting on Thursday, November 3, at her boardroom in a letter she sent out on Monday. Senator Kathuri Murungi, who is also the county deputy speaker, was also invited.
There have been several misunderstandings between the Executive and the Honorable County Assembly in Meru County Government for some time. The Ward Fund is a major contributor to these misunderstandings, and I am prepared to discuss it with the Honourable Members of the County Assembly and its management in order to find a practical solution, she said in her opening remarks to the County Assembly on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
The governor said that “several leaders with the interest of Meru people at heart,” including the Council of Governors chaired by Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru, had organized Thursday’s meeting.
The Meru MCAs organized a walkout against the inexperienced governor during the opening remarks of the assembly on October 19 because they felt that she was dismissing and rejecting their requests.
Mwangaza was compelled to deliver her speech outside the County Assembly after the MCAs went so far as to prevent her from entering the building.
Additionally, a petition to remove Mwangaza from office was submitted last week on the grounds of egregious misbehavior and abuse of power.
Thuranira Salesio Mutuma, a resident of Meru, filed the petition, which claims that Kawira violated the Meru Revenue Board Act, 2014 by allegedly announcing Francis Muigai’s appointment as the new general manager of the Meru County Revenue Board without following the proper procedures and receiving the County Assembly’s approval.
By sending Murega Baichu to a USAID stakeholders’ event despite the fact that he is not a State officer and is thus not authorized to speak on behalf of the Meru County government, the governor is also charged with violating the constitution.
Mwangaza is also being investigated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for allegedly using Baicu as a youth service patron and an ambassador for “hustlers” in a case including allegations of nepotism.
EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak also expressed concern in a letter received by Citizen TV about the fact that he was attending official county events and giving orders to county employees despite not holding a public office.
Additionally, Mwangaza is charged with hiring two of her sisters, one as a personal assistant and the other as a security officer.