Senate Speaker Amason Kingi has called a special session to consider Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza’s impeachment, as required by the Constitution.
In a gazette notice dated December 17, Kingi requested that legislators meet in the Senate chambers on Tuesday at 2.30 p.m.
On Thursday, December 15, Meru assembly Speaker Solomon Bundi officially notified the speaker of the MCAs’ resolution to impeach the governor.
Mwangaza was impeached when 67 of 69 Meru County Assembly members voted to remove her from office due to claims of abuse of power, gross misconduct, and violation of the Constitution. The other two were not present.
The impeachment proceedings will either take place in a plenary session, in which all sides will be permitted to submit their cases in front of the full Senate, or a committee of 11 senators would be constituted to investigate the topic.
Voting will be done through delegation, which means that only elected members will vote.
At least 24 of the 47 senators will be required to approve or reject the impeachment resolution.
Governor Mwangaza is allowed to be present during the proceeding and can mount a defence. She however has maintained the Meru County Assembly went against a court order barring them from debating or voting on any impeachment motion.
She has also called on the dissolution of the county assembly a move if approved will send the county to a standstill.
In a tweet, the besieged governors said, “Dissolving the county assembly may not be honorary but it is necessary. Let’s see what will unfold in the near future.”