Governor Mwangaza states her position on calls to dissolve Meru County
By Joshua Khisa
Embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has come out to state her position in regard to the ongoing efforts to dissolve the county.
A group of locals have been collecting signatures seeking the dissolution of the county while another has petitioned President William Ruto to do the same.
Calls for dissolution come even as there are reports that Meru MCAs are planning to impeach the governor’s county executive committee member.
This is in addition to a fresh impeachment petition that was on Wednesday filed at the assembly.
Responding to the latest development, the governor said she was ready to support the dissolution calls.
She pointed out that the move might be the right one – considering the current situation in the county.
“There are many organisations collecting signatures to dissolve the Meru County. As the governor, I think they should do what is good, if that (dissolution) is how citizens will get help, I will support them,” the governor told journalists on Thursday.
She has faced two impeachment motions within a year – all of which have failed in the Senate.
Despite a poor working relationship with the MCAs, Mwangaza insists she has been able to serve the people.
She was last month ranked among the top best-performing county bosses.
A report by the controller of the budget also listed Meru County among those with the highest absorption rate for the development fund.
“There is no governor who has been impeached three times in a year. And despite the suffering, I have worked and ensured the absorption of the budget to the tune of 72%. It was hard because of the challenges. If God and the people see it fit, they will re-elect me,” Mwangaza said.
The law allows the President to suspend a county government, but only under two grounds – an emergency arising out of internal conflict or war; or in any other exceptional circumstances.
However, there is a legal provision which states that a county government shall not be suspended in any other exceptional circumstances unless; an independent commission of inquiry has investigated allegations against the county government, the President is satisfied that the allegations are justified, and the Senate has authorised the suspension.