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Embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza to meet MCAs

By Wangu Kanuri November 1st, 2022 2 min read

Embattled Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza has scheduled a meeting with the Members of the County Assembly (MCA) after a push and pull.

In a letter, Ms. Mwangaza said that the meeting would be held in the Governor’s residence boardroom on Thursday, November 3rd, from 9 am.

“Meru County Government has been experiencing some misunderstanding between the Executive and the Honourable County Assembly for a while.

Key among the causes of these misunderstandings is the Ward Fund, an issue that was captured in my maiden County Assembly opening speech on Wednesday, 19th October 2022, and even now, I am ready to discuss it with the Honourable Members of the County Assembly and its management and come up with a workable solution,” read part of her letter.

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Adding that the consultative meeting had been organised by ‘many leaders with the interest of Meru people at heart,’ like the Council of Governors led by the Chair, Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru.

The first time Governor has been on crossroads with the county assembly representatives, they walked out on her during her inaugural address.

Led by Speaker Ayub Bundi, they sang and chanted ‘bado mapambano’ before addressing the media.

The Speaker said MCAs had resorted to boycotting the governor after failing to meet her on several occasions.

However, Ms. Mwangaza claimed that she had met up with the MCAs, and they had been blackmailing her into giving them Ward Fund without following the law.

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Mwangaza is at the same time on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)’s radar for nepotism in a case where she is said to have employed her husband, Murega Baicu, as the youth service patron and ambassador for ‘hustlers’ together with her two sisters.

In her defense, the embattled governor shares that her hubby will not receive any salary from the county, and he is doing voluntary work.

“My sister is a police officer. I requested she is transferred to my office. The law allows me to have three bodyguards. You all saw President William Ruto change bodyguards and he no longer uses the one former President Uhuru had. What is wrong with my sister being my bodyguard?” she posed.

Adding, “The other sister (I am accused of employing) has worked for me for five years (when I was the Woman Representative. She cooks my food. Why did they talk about it all this while?”

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