Nairobi, Kenya, Dec 31 – 11 Member Special Committee led by Senator Boni Khalwale Save Governor Kawira Mwanganza from impeachment
As the Senate saved Meru Governor Kawira Mwanganza from impeachment, Senators had alot to say to the Governor.
Senator by Senator who stood on the chamber advised the Governor to lower her ego and engage the MCAs for the best interest of Meru people.
Nyamira County Senator, SC Okong’o Omogeni commended Senator Khalwale for guiding the Committee well.
” I commend the chair of the select committee Khalwale for the good work done. You deserve an honourably recognition as a lawyer by the Law Society of Kenya”, Omogeni said.
Speaking to the MCAs of Meru County Assembly, Omogeni said that women do pick their husbands for various reasons.
“My wife Chose a Senior Counsel for a reason, the Meru Governor Kawira Mwanganza picked a guitar man”, Senator Okong’o Omogeni
Senator Omogeni urged the MCAs to embrace the First Gentleman and allow the Governor who broke the glass ceiling by being among the few who convinced the people to elect her as Governor.
Further, Omogeni told the Governor to go and serve her people as the Senate delivered the justice she wanted.
Kawira Mwangaza Fate
The 11-member Special Committee formed to investigate claims of gross violation of the law levelled on Meru County Governor Hon Kawira Mwangaza by the County Assembly on Friday returned a not-guilty verdict
The MCAs had accused the Governor of 62 instances of violation of the law during his three month stint in office but the Committee rejected the invitation to remove her from office because the MCAs did not substantiate the allegations.
In its report ,the Committee through its chairman Dr Boni Khalwale,CBS ,ruled that the County Assembly had failed to substantiate the five charges it levelled against the Governor.
“The Committee having investigated the matter in accordance with its mandate under section 33(4) of the County Governments Act and standing order 80(2) of the Senate Standing Orders reports to the Senate that it finds that the five Charges against the Governor of Meru County have not been substantiated,” Senator Khalwale told the House when he tabled the report after a 10-day hearing.
The Committee pointed out that it was apparent during the proceedings that the relationship between the County Assembly and the County Governor is acrimonious, contemptuous and cold and threatens to grind the County to a halt.
The committee argued that it is inconceivable that in these circumstances the people of Meru County can be enjoying the benefits of devolved government that the Constitution avails and recommended that urgent measures be taken to bring the protagonists to the table to find an amicable solution.
“The Committee observed that in the course of its investigation it established that matters in Meru County relating leadership and governance were not in satisfactory state.
“In the interest of the residents of Meru, the Committee recommends urgent need for a concerted effort to reconcile and create a conducive environment for the county to realise meaningful the development,” the Committee observed in the report.
The Committee has further recommended that Section 33 of the County Governments Act be amended to ensure that the Committee report is considered by the House whether or not the Committee finds any charge(s) to have been substantiated.
The Committee observed that the impeachment process provided for in Article 181(2) of the Constitution is one requiring utmost judiciousness and circumspection.
A ten-day period provided for in the law, from the reporting of charges for the investigation or hearing, the analysis of evidence, decision and report-writing and presentation to the Senate and its deliberations is inadequate.
“The Committee notes that there is the Impeachment Procedure Bill which lapsed in the previous parliament should be fast tracked as it addresses some of the concerns.”