Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza survived impeachment for the second time.
This was after the Senate on Wednesday, November 8, unanimously threw out the impeachment motion brought by the Meru County Assembly.
Senate Speaker Amason Kingi announced that senators found the embattled governor innocent of all the seven charges she was facing.
“The results of the division have not upheld any of the impeachment charges. The Senate has failed to remove from office by impeachment Governor Kawira Mwangaza and the Governor accordingly continues to hold office,” Kingi declared.
Following her win, the female governor announced that she had forgiven all the Meru County Assembly, the senators, and Kenyans whom she had wronged in one way or another.
Kawira said, that as a mother, she will pray for more grace from God to help her unite all leaders in Meru County.
“If I have wronged any person in this house, in Meru, in Kenya, I pray for forgiveness. As a leader and a mother, it is my duty to unite the Meru people. I pray for more grace that God will give me the power to bring all the leaders together,” she said.
The voting happened after two days of hearing that was started on Tuesday, November 7, a session that saw her shed tears and she pleaded not guilty.
Governor Mwangaza was facing charges of misappropriation and misuse of county resources, nepotism and related unethical practices, bullying, vilification, and demeaning of other leaders.
She, however, put up a spirited defense saying she was being victimized as a woman leader by the male-dominated county assembly.
This is the second time the Meru MCAs have unsuccessfully impeached the county boss.
Kawira who defeated seasoned politicians like Kiraitu Murungi was first impeached in December 2022, but an 11-member Senate Special Committee appointed to probe the grounds for her impeachment submitted a report dismissing the charges.