The impeachment of Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has taken an unexpected turn, further complicating an already contentious political scenario.
Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria’s vocal support for the governor and his ongoing animosity with Deputy President Gachagua have added layers of complexity to the situation.
Moreover, Anne Waiguru, the Chairperson of the Council of Governors, has expressed her solidarity with Mwangaza, despite her own history of facing impeachment for corruption allegations. This confluence of factors creates a precarious environment during the impeachment process.
Impeachment proceedings against Governor Mwangaza are centered around serious allegations, including misuse of public funds, gross misconduct, and nepotism.
It is expected that everyone would keep the focus on these specific charges and the evidence presented against her.
However, the ongoing public disputes between Moses Kuria and Deputy President Gachagua threaten to divert attention from the core issues at hand. These disputes may overshadow the gravity of the allegations.
Moses Kuria and Anne Waiguru’s support for Kawira Mwangaza can be seen as an attempt to manipulate the political narrative surrounding her impeachment, potentially muddying the waters and confusing the public about the seriousness of the charges.
It is evident that both Anne Waiguru and Moses Kuria are attempting to craft a narrative suggesting that Kawira Mwangaza’s impeachment is orchestrated by Deputy President Gachagua.
However, the ability of Waiguru and Kuria to sway Senators in the Senate’s decision remains uncertain.
Senators are expected to make their judgments based on the merits of the case, the evidence presented during the impeachment trial, and their commitment to upholding the principles of accountability and good governance.
While political influence can play a role in such proceedings, Senators are ultimately tasked with making an impartial and informed decision, prioritizing the interests of the broader public.
Further, both Waiguru and Moses Kuria have close to zero ability to mobilize senators to save Kawira Mwangaza. What do they gain from their veiled support for her? More fodder for their political feud with DP Rigathi Gachagua.
As Kawira Mwangaza will be cooling her heels at her Makutano home as a former Governor, Kuria will be sending countless ‘I told you’ posts on X, accusing Gachagua of fighting every popular Mt. Kenya leader.
The author is a Digital Strategist and Content Creator at Innovage Kenya. He occasionally writes on matters Technology and Politics.