It's very possible that the President William Ruto-led executive had something to do with the outcome of Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza's impeachment motion, Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah says.
Mwangaza was acquitted by a special senate committee set up to look into her matter, after Meru MCAs unanimously voted against her and demanded that she be sent home.
Omtatah says that the acquittal was possible for two reasons, either Ruto and the executive kept off and allowed senators free will to make their decision or he silently got involved and intervened for Mwangaza.
"The acquittal of the Meru County Governor on December 30, from her impeachment by the Meru County Assembly was only possible because either those who control executive power in the republic did not meddle in the affairs of the Senate or they intervened to get that particular outcome," Omtatah, also an activist, writes in The Star.
He adds that a Ruto interference wouldn't mark the first time such is happening, as the executive has repeatedly been seen determining how impeachments go in the senate.
Omtatah claims that former President Uhuru Kenyatta repeatedly did this when he was in power, making it funny to expect that Ruto would entirely keep off and not try to determine what happens.
"Further, going by how some previous impeachments were shambolically handled by a remote-controlled Senate, such as those of governors Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Ferdinand Waititu Babayao, and Anne Mumbi Waiguru, the House can just be a conduit for punishing or protecting accused governors according to the will of those in power," he adds.
Prior to the verdict, Mwangaza, while speaking in Tharaka Nithi, in an event attended by Ruto, openly pleaded with the President to save her from the MCAs.
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