Controversial times for Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza, and husband
Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza’s tenure has got off to a controversial start.
Despite winning against political bigwigs including Kiraitu Murungi and Mithika Linturi, the first-time female governor has been hogging media headlines for all the reasons a few months into her reign.
Here is a breakdown.
1. Husband appointment – No sooner had she assumed office did she name her husband Murega Baicu as the Meru Youth Service Patron and ‘ambassador of Meru Hustlers.’
She was quick to clarify that her husband will not be paid for serving in these positions. Nevertheless, the appointment brewed mixed reactions forcing the governor to stress that her husband deserved all the accolades considering his support during the campaign periods. She’s also expressed confidence her husband will deliver.
2. ‘Payments’ to her husband – Reports emerged that she had dipped into the public coffers and paid her husband, a renowned musician, Sh1.2 million to entertain guests at her inauguration. She dismissed the claims as propaganda peddled by her political rivals.
3. Meru MCA revolt – Members of the County Assembly (MCA) in Meru have accused her of failing to give them an audience and being disrespectful. The fallout comes ahead of her address and official opening of the assembly on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the MCAs suspended house business to discuss their relationship with the governor and resolved to call out the county boss. Led by Speaker Ayub Bundi, they sang and chanted ‘bado mapambano’ before addressing the media.
4. MCA’s have some evil spirits – She’s accused MCAs of possessing evil spirits.”Seeing how they are talking, these MCAs might have some evil spirits, as a Bishop, I will pray for them.” She also dismissed the MCA’s allegations levelled against her, claiming she had met them several times.
“As a governor, I will not be intimidated by anyone because I swore to work for the people. I will not sit in the office to listen to the MCAs because I have to be with the people who voted for me.”