Tensions between Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza and the Members of County Assembly (MCAs) had reached a boiling point before President William Ruto stepped in to mediate the conflict. With the help of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, the rift that had led to Mwangaza’s impeachment in December was finally resolved.
The disagreements between Mwangaza and the MCAs had centered on accusations of nepotism, gross misconduct, and irregular hiring practices. The tension escalated when the governor was accused of disrespecting the assembly during her inaugural address in October. Despite Meru High Court Judge Thripsisa Cherere issuing a conservatory order to stop the impeachment proceedings, the MCAs persisted in their efforts.
However, the Senate dismissed the MCAs’ case against Mwangaza, finding no evidence to support the allegations. Recognizing the need for intervention, President Ruto dispatched Deputy President Gachagua to mediate the situation.
Through a series of reconciliation meetings, the contentious issues were addressed, and both parties were able to present their grievances. The MCAs, led by Assembly Speaker Ayub Bundi, were primarily concerned with the management of the ward equalization fund and the need for mutual respect.
During the impeachment motion sponsored by Abogeta West MCA Dennis Kiogora, MCAs had accused Mwangaza of vilifying and disrespecting them and other leaders. Minority Leader Mwenda Ithili said they wanted the governor to work with them more closely and stop using their competitors.
Following the meetings with Deputy President Gachagua, both parties reached a consensus on a working formula. Speaking at a recent event in Mwangaza’s backyard of Buuri, President Ruto expressed his desire to work with all elected leaders in Meru, emphasizing the importance of unity and prioritizing residents’ interests.
Governor Mwangaza, whose impeachment was overturned by the Senate, thanked President Ruto for his intervention and pledged to work unitedly for the people of Meru. With this diplomatic resolution, it appears that the Meru government can now refocus its efforts on the needs of its constituents.