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Why I will not contest for the gubernatorial seat – Senator Ledama Olekina

By Wangu Kanuri December 16th, 2022 2 min read

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has announced that he will not be contesting for a gubernatorial seat saying that Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) hold the governors at ransom.

Olekina’s sentiments come after Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza was impeached for a second time by 67 out of 69 MCAs unanimously voting to have her impeached.

Following Mwangaza being ousted, Olekina said, “Being a Governor is the worst job ever. You steal public money. You are always at the Mercy of your MCAs if you piss them off they decide it’s time for you to go. When the Senate agrees with them you rush to court while those who employed you are left suffering – Mimi sitaki!”

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After only 112 days in office, Mwangaza was impeached with Nkomo MCA Kithinji Ethaiba being absent saying he was sick and Kiagu MCA Simon Kiambi, the only legislator who opposed her first impeachment also being absent.

Abogeta West MCA and Minority Whip Dennis Kiogora specifically accused the governor of nepotism, illegal appointments, unlawful dismissals, usurpation of constitutional and statutory functions, incitement, bullying, vilification and misleading campaigns against other leaders.

Other accusations are forced entry into the assembly and mobilising unlawful riots against MCAs, violation of public finance management laws and misconduct relating to the nomination of County Executive Committee (CECs).

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Early last month, Meru MCAs rejected 7 out of 10 cabinet members she had nominated with the country recording the highest number of CECs to be ever rejected.

The rejection came a couple of days after Ms Mwangaza was summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to respond to allegations of nepotism, conflict of interest, and irregular recruitment.

She has been accused of employing two of her sisters and her husband and responded by saying her husband was not on salary while her sister was an officer seconded to her by the National Police Service.

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