Special committee assures fair hearing in Mwangaza impeachment trial
The Special Committee tasked with investigating the impeachment of Governor Kawira Mwangaza has announced that it will conduct a fair and just hearing.
Committee Chairman Senator Boni Khalwale reassured the parties involved that the outcome of the trial will be guided by the law and the evidence presented by witnesses.
The hearings will take place over the course of two days, after which the committee will retire to write its verdict.
On December 14, Governor Mwangaza was impeached by 67 out of 69 Meru County Assembly members present, who accused her of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Governor Mwangaza has denied all charges, claiming that she is the victim of blackmail. Lawyer Muthomi Thiankolu, acting on behalf of the Meru County Assembly, stated that Governor Mwangaza committed 19 violations in the first charge, 30 under the second charge, four in the third charge, three violations in the fourth charge, and six gross violations in the fifth charge.
Governor Mwangaza has lined up one witness in her defense and is seeking to overturn the impeachment.
The 11-member committee will determine if the accusations against Governor Mwangaza warrant an impeachment, with a verdict to be delivered by December 30.
In the meantime, Khalwale has cautioned the parties involved in the case to refrain from discussing the matter publicly.