Meet EX Kenya Prison Officer Eyeing Mwangaza Seat After Impeachment

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Isaac M'Ethingia

Following the Meru County Assembly’s resolution to impeach Governor Kawira Mwangaza on Wednesday, the emphasis has now shifted to her deputy Isaac M’Ethingia, who is poised to take over as President if the Senate upholds the impeachment.

Mwangaza and M’Ethingia, on the other hand, are at odds, with the Governor accusing her Deputy of undermining her at the request of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi.

Another intriguing development is the decision by a group of Meru leaders to support the Deputy Governor as the next county chief.

M’Ethingia is the son of former Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders chairman Paul M’Ethingia and was born into a famous Meru family.

The Deputy Governor first came to public attention in August 2022, when Mwangaza defeated Meru political heavyweights like as Former Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Linturi to win the Gubernatorial seat.

M’Ethingia worked as a Senior Sergeant and Social Welfare Officer in the Kenya Prisons Service for 19 years before entering politics.

He has also worked as a Methodist Churches of Kenya preacher in the past.

He has a Higher Diploma in Forensic Psychology and Criminology from the Kenya Institute of Studies in Criminal Justice, as well as a Bachelor of Theology from Kenya Methodist University.

M’Ethingia is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Governance and Ethics at Mount Kenya University.

Notably, he worked as a Plan International Child Rights Advocate, Chairman of various prestigious Institutions, Youth Representative for Habitat for Humanity in the Mount Kenya Region, and Human Rights Officer and Inmate Rehabilitation Program Implementer within the prison services.

His vast range of tasks demonstrates his adaptability and capacity for significant change.

He is Mwangaza’s primary assistant and the county deputy boss, and he is tasked with assisting her in carrying out her manifesto.

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