I am ready for dissolution of Meru County - Mwangaza


• The county chief says she will heed the requests from Meru residents if they have seen it fit for the county to be dissolved.

• The County boss insisted that she will support Meru residents if by dissolving the county, they would get help.

Governor Kawira Mwangaza

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has said she is ready for dissolution of her county.

The county chief says she will heed the requests from Meru residents if they have seen it fit for the county to be dissolved.

"There are a number of organisations that have started collecting signatures to dissolve the county after seeing the direction our MCAs have taken... as the Governor, I am ready to support their quest," Mwangaza said.

The County boss insisted that she will support Meru residents if by dissolving the county, they would get help.

Reflecting on her 14 months in office, Mwangaza highlighted that she will leave having known that she did her best.

"I have done the best of my ability in the past one year with a lot of disturbances. There is no other governor who has been impeached three times in a span of one year," she said.

Governor Mwangaza noted that despite the problems she faced, she managed to work for Meru residents and did an absorption budget to the tune of 72 per cent.

Being optimistic, the governor said that she knows she will be elected again if it is the wishes of Meru residents.

"If God will see it best and residents also say that I have worked, I know I will be re-elected," Mwangaza added.

Last week, the  Senate acquitted Meru Governor Kawiraa Mwangaza of all seven charges against her by the Meru county assembly.

The Senate dismissed all the charges against Mwangaza, giving her a new lease of life in the county leadership.

She faced charges of misappropriation and misuse of resources, nepotism, bullying, illegal appointments, contempt of court, and naming a road after her husband illegally.

Governor Mwangaza denied all the charges and put up a spirited defence saying she was being victimised as a woman leader.

Another impeachment petition from Meru found its way to the County Assembly.

Over 15 Meru residents on Wednesday filed a petition seeking to impeach executive committee members of Governor Kawira Mwangaza's Cabinet for allegedly violating the Constitution and statutory laws.

The petitioners cited a myriad of grounds upon which they want the County Secretary and Secretary to the Cabinet, six County Executive Committee members, three chief officers and the Chief of Staff sent packing.

Among the facts relied upon is the defence, Governor Mwangaza put up in the Senate during the failed impeachment attempt against her.

"She consistently put a defence on the accusations levelled against her and blamed all the constitutional and statutory laws violations on her junior officers in the executive," the petitioners said.

They also cited the usurpation of powers of the Service Board and mismanaging the public service by a section of the executive members, abetting embezzlement of public resources, interference with the management of county health facilities and the use of derogatory remarks against Deputy Governor Mutuma M'Ethingia.

They have also accused some of the officers of overseeing the distribution of the one dairy cow and the launch of the feeding programmes without policy frameworks.

"From the aforementioned, it is uncontroverted that the aforementioned executive officers have violated, infringed and threatened the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and other established statutory laws, the constitutional rights of the residents of Meru County which is illegal and that is punishable under the law," the petitioners argued.

"Herefore, your humble petitioners pray that this honourable County Assembly of Meru consider this petition as urgent since it is a public interest matter (and) institute the impeachment procedure as laid down in the Meru County Assembly Standing orders," they said.

What Constitution says on the dissolution of a county

Under Section 123 of the County Governments Act, a person may petition the President to suspend a county government in any exceptional circumstances if the county government engages in actions that are deemed to be against the common needs and interests of the citizens of a county.

The petition should be supported by the signatures of not less than ten per cent of the registered voters in the county.

Within 14 days of receiving the petition, the President submits a report on the averments made and grounds giving rise to the suspension of a county government to an apex body for intergovernmental relations which comprises the President, his deputy, and the Council of Governors.

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