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ODM welcomes move by Senators to reject impeachment of Mwangaza

The Orange Democratic Movement has thrown it’s weight behind Senate’s decision on Wednesday to dismiss a motion to impeach Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza.

While lauding the move, the party’s Deputy Leader Wycliffe Oparanya said the Senate had risen above parochial and local politics playing out in Meru County to defend the Constitution as required by law.

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“In the proposed motion of impeachment against the Governor of Meru County HE Hon. Kawira Mwangaza, many issues were raised all of which failed to reach the threshold for removing the Governor from office,” said Oparanya

He says there was no justification for impeachment motion other than local politics that were at play, something, he said, needs not to be encouraged.

“By voting to defeat all the seven charges leveled against the Governor, the Senate was sending a clear message to the Members of the County Assembly, to focus on strengthening devolution and ensure service delivery to the people and not to engage in petty, partisan and divisive politics,” he said

Oparanya added; “As the former chairman of the Council of Governors, I want to encourage Members of County Assemblies and County Executives to work together in the interest of the growth of their respective counties. Endless quarreling and squabbles will only slow down development and service delivery,”

The former Kakamega Governor said motions of impeachment should not be used as yardsticks of settling political disputes, but rather as a last resort when diplomacy fails.

“Local settlement of issues should be given first priority and both parties need to consider how much resources and time is lost when fighting each other at the expense of service delivery to the people,” he said

With the impeachment motion now out of the way, Oparanya called on Mwangaza to provide leadership and reconcile with all the the MCAs and her Deputy and other leaders, and work together for the sake of the people.

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