On Thursday, outgoing Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi skipped Kawira Mwangaza’s inauguration instead of attending.
Mwangaza becomes Meru County’s first female governor.
After Kiraitu Murungi (2013–2017) and Peter Munya (2013–2017), she is the third county chief for Meru (2017-2022).
Mwangaza, an independent candidate who partnered with a bishop named Isaac Mutuma, received 209,148 votes to Mithika Linturi of the UDA and Kiraitu Murungi’s 183,859 votes. Using his Devolution Empowerment Party, Murungi stood for office.
Kiraitu Murungi suffered his first electoral defeat after a 30-year distinguished political career at the hands of Kawira Mwangaza.
However, his assistant insisted that Murungi was not required to attend the function.
“An outgoing governor is not required by law to attend a governor-swearing-in. elect’s For example, in 2017, the outgoing governor Peter Munya skipped Kiraitu’s inauguration, according to the assistant who wished to remain anonymous.
On Thursday, Kawira Mwangaza received the instruments of his authority from County Secretary Rufus Miriti, who was sent by Murungi.
Martin Wambora, the departing governor of Embu County, skipped Cecily Mbarire’s inauguration as well.
Wambora’s absence at the occasion is still a mystery.
One of his close associates confirmed on Wednesday that the governor had intended to attend the function.
Mbarire competed against Lenny Kivuti of the Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP), also referred to as “Bus,” in the recently completed August 9 elections.
Mbarire faced up in the polls against Lenny Kivuti of the Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP), also referred to as “Bus.”
Mbarire received 108,610 votes compared to Kivuti’s 105,246 in the governorship election, and he was therefore crowned the victor.