Embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza arrested by the police as she stares at a second impeachment call.
Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has been arrested moments after donating cows to families in Imenti Central under her Okolea program.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, October 18 after being arrested, Mwangaza said she was distributing cows when the police came and ordered her to get into their vehicle.
The arrest comes just weeks after Interiors Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki blocked the Okolea meetings.
Mwangaza accused the police of being used in the political wrangles that have rocked the county since her election on August 9, 2022.
The governor has over the past months been engaged in fights with local leaders including Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mithika Linturi, accusing them of meddling in the affairs of the county.
“This initiative, funded by the County Government of Meru and approved by the County Assembly of Meru, aims to uplift the lives of the less fortunate. Unfortunately, law enforcement personnel were dispatched to interfere with the implementation of this programme,” she stated.
“It is disheartening to witness needless curtailment of development efforts meant to benefit the vulnerable in our community.”
Despite her arrest, the governor also maintained that she would continue with the programme given its benefits to the residents.
She demanded to know who instructed the police to arrest her.
“I was informed by police officers to accompany them and I obliged. I am praying that those who have sent the officers to release me,” she added.
The governor’s office through the Chief of Staff refuted reports that the Wednesday tour in Imenti was part of the Okelea meetings that were banned by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.
The Chief of Staff clarified that the visit to donate to the cows was part of the county’s development programme.
Prof. Kindiki on September 22 banned Governor Mwangaza from holding meetings on the ‘Okolea’ outreach program which he termed as inciteful.
The order by the Interior CS came after chaos rocked one of Mwangaza’s ‘Okolea Program’ functions at Makiri, Igembe South Constituency.
“Reports that have reached me is that the Governor’s (Mwangaza) allies were inciteful, disrupted peace and assaulted journalists….thinking they are defending the Meru governor. The targeted people also broke the law,” Kindiki said.
He added: “We have banned meetings that incite people. This is final. We are not going to allow it. If you think it is a joke, try it. Don’t try me.”