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Kawira to face seven counts in a full Senate trial

Even as her allegations were revealed, the Senate plenary will today decide whether to impeach controversial Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza.

The discussion yesterday assumed a political aspect as members from Kenya Kwanza supported the formation of an 11-member special committee to hear and decide the charges against the governor, while Azimio backed the plenary.

Senator Ledama Ole Kina (Narok), the minority whip for the Senate, put forth the following names for the 11-member special committee: Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Jackson Mandagor (Uasin Gishu), Abdul Haji (Garissa), Enock Wambua (Kitui), Okiya Omtatah (Busia), Ali Roba (Mandera), Karungo wa Thang’wa (Kiambu), Peris Tobiko (nominated), Crystal Asige (Nominated), Esther Okenyuri (Nominated), and Shakila Abdalla (Nominated).

Ole Kina made the move to create an 11-member special committee to investigate the governor, arguing that a committee was the only entity qualified to fully address the accusations made against the governor.

Ole Kina, who was urging his colleagues to support the committee’s position, stated that the committee members will have a chance to review the accusations made against Kawira.

Senator Edwin Sifuna of Nairobi seconded the motion and stated that the committee method is the most effective means of impeaching a governor.

He also mentioned that the legislation specifies the threshold for impeachment.

Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot was against the committee’s formation, arguing that neither approach is superior than the other and that both procedures are just, sound, have a solid legal foundation, and produce the greatest outcomes for the particular county.

In his protest against the committee’s formation, Joe Nyutu (Murang’a) claimed that the majority side had used the same members of the committee who deliberated Kawira’s initial impeachment hearings back in December.

This is happening while the Senate starts Kawira’s trial procedure and seven charges are made against her.

The charges against Kawira by the Meru Ward representatives were read out by Senate Speaker Amason Kingi in his letter to the House, establishing a 10-day trial period.

In addition to the alleged abuse of county resources, Kawira has also been charged with contempt of court, illegitimately naming a public road after her husband, bullying, vilification, and dehumanizing other leaders, nepotism and related unethical practices, and illegal appointments and usurpation of statutory powers.

Specifically, the County Assembly Members allege that Kawira embezzled county funds via the governor’s relatives and stole county funds by making false claims of payment for services and supplies provided by the governor’s relatives, even though Kawira was not qualified to bid on or supply goods to the county government.

Furthermore, the MCAs said that the troubled governor gave four senior County officials their full salary and benefits for more than a year, even though they did not provide any services to the County.

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