Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi has called upon Meru County Members of County Assembly (MCAs) to initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Kawira Mwangaza.
Linturi’s appeal came to light during a statement he delivered on a Friday, where he emphasized the overwhelming desire of the people of Meru to see Governor Mwangaza removed from office.
In a direct plea to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Linturi urged him not to intervene to shield Governor Mwangaza should the impeachment process gain momentum.
“Meru is bigger than the Deputy President. I don’t think DP Rigathi Gachagua can fail to listen to what the Meru people are saying. Meru is simply saying Kawira must go,” he said.
Linturi spoke after visiting Meru Deputy Governor Isaac Mutuma who was admitted to Karen Hospital.
Mutuma who has been having differences with his boss Kawira Mwangaza was admitted to the hospital on Friday.
Linturi’s message to the MCAs was crystal clear: it is imperative to address the situation promptly. He reminded everyone that the Constitution provides the MCAs with the mandate to impeach the county governor when necessary.
“I urge all the Meru MCAs to go back and do the necessary. We’re entirely embarrassed! It’s a matter of when and not if,” the CS said.
Responding to concerns that he might be inciting the MCAs, Linturi expressed that the current situation is more disgraceful, emphasizing,
“It has reached a point where people exchange words in front of the President. I cannot keep quiet when Meru is going in the wrong direction.”
“Meru MCAs should dispense their constitutional mandate if the differences between Mwangaza, his deputy and other leaders are inconsolable.”
Notably, Linturi had previously contested the Meru governorship, finishing as the runner-up to Governor Mwangaza, with former Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi coming in third.
In a related development, during a meeting in Kiengu where Interior Cabinet Secretary commissioned sub-county offices, Meru Members of Parliament also voiced their dissatisfaction with Governor Mwangaza’s leadership.
MP Aburi boldly declared that Governor Mwangaza’s departure from office was inevitable, asserting,
“Mwangaza will go home whether she likes it or not.”