Senate To Hold Special Sitting On Governor Mwangaza’s Impeachment On Tuesday
Senate speaker Amason Kingi has recalled the House for a special sitting to consider the impeachment motion of Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza which was passed by the Meru County Assembly on Wednesday, December 14.
Kingi, through a gazette notice dated December 16 announced that the sitting follows a request by the Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot and Meru County Assembly speaker Ayub Bundi to deliberate on the matter.
Kingi added that the sitting shall be held in the Senate’s main chambers in parliament, starting at 2:30 p.m.
“I have appointed Tuesday, 20th December 2022 as a day for a special sitting of the Senate. ,” read part of the statement.
“The business to be transacted in the sitting shall be the hearing of the charges against Hon. Kawira Mwangaza of Meru County.”
Kawira was impeached after 67 Meru MCAs voted in support of her impeachment motion which was first proposed by Abogeta West MCA Dennis Kiogora, on November 22, 2022.
The motion was tabled on grounds that the Governor had infringed on her constitutional powers.
Mwangaza’s fate now lies with the Senate which is expected to uphold or overturn the impeachment.
Should the Senate defeat the impeachment motion, it shall not be reintroduced on similar grounds, until after three months.
The Senate may choose to form a special committee of 11 Senators to probe the matter or consider the impeachment motion as a House.
Such a committee would have up to ten days to report back to the House, with the governor given a chance to defend herself.