- “It is sad that the imagination that my expression to contest for the position of the governor for Meru has become a matter of public notoriety,” Mwangaza noted.
- Condemning police, the legislator added that Covid-19 protocols were flouted during the protests
- “Regulations and protocols on Covid-19 outlaws large gatherings of such nature, but it is unfortunate that the said demonstrations were conducted in total disregard of the said protocols in full support and knowledge of security officers in the region who were instead supposed to enforce such protocols,” the Woman Rep said.
Meru Woman Representative Kawira Mwangaza has urged security and intelligence agencies to investigate people including the Meru County government employees found capable of organizing demonstrations against her on Monday.
Issuing a personal statement at the National Assembly Ms Mwangaza said the protests were dangerous and could steer Meru County into election campaigns related violence.
Mwangaza told the Assembly that the demonstrations were illegal and were allegedly funded by the County Government of Meru.
“Hon Speaker on June 28, 2021a handful of staff and some nominated Members of County Assembly of Meru organized and participated in an illegal demonstration fully funded by the County Government of Meru against the character of my person on alleged protests that I was abusive to the County governor of Meru,” Mwangaza said.
She added that the protesters also used print and social media to describe her as a thief and prostitute.
The Meru Woman Rep termed the demonstrations as illegal asserting that they were organized by her political rivals to derail her political ambitions.
“It is sad that the imagination that my expression to contest for the position of the governor for Meru has become a matter of public notoriety,” Mwangaza noted.
Condemning police, the legislator added that Covid-19 protocols were flouted during the protests
“Regulations and protocols on Covid-19 outlaws large gatherings of such nature, but it is unfortunate that the said demonstrations were conducted in total disregard of the said protocols in full support and knowledge of security officers in the region who were instead supposed to enforce such protocols,” the Woman Rep said.
She added that transport and businesses were disrupted during the protests while people were injured while others were exposed to contracting Covid-19.
Mwangaza said the protest will not wobble her from her ambitions to contest for the gubernatorial seat in 2022.
“I want to refute and condemn in the strongest way possible the said demonstrations and allegations leveled against me and family and categorically state that those were mere fabrications milled and peddled by my opponents who have sensed defeat so as to tarnish my name and portray me as a bad leader ahead of 2022. I assure my supporters, friends and nation that I am strong, God fearing and my hands are clean against the wishes of my opponents,” Mwangaza said.
The law maker called on her supporters to maintain peace and calm and asked them to continue praying for the nation.
Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere termed it as a worrying incidence asserting that it is a character assassination to scare women from leadership.
“Women seeking political leadership positions need a lot of protection and I am also threatened with guns and bullets. Security agencies should give us protection we require,” she said.
Nominated MP David Ole Sankok MP called on the speaker Justin Muturi to ensure Women MPs aspiring for various political seats are protected.
Sankok, who represents people with disabilities, noted that people with disabilities might face similar incidents of protests in their quest for political seats.
“Mr Speaker, you are also the spokesperson and soon we are inviting you for coronation in Maasai. You need to protect women. After the women, PWDS might be the next target,” he said.
Mwangaza’s statements came a day after various nominated women MCAs led tens of women in protest in a demonstration in Meru streets accusing the Women Rep of using abusive language against them.
The fuming women marched from Makutano to Nteere Park chanting songs against Meru Woman Rep Kawira Mwangaza accusing her of using unsavory remarks against Meru County Assembly Nominated female MCAs.
They were acting days after the Meru woman Rep clip circulated on social media criticizing the nominated MCAs for attacking her. They accused Mwangaza of insinuating that they were nominated after ‘going to bed’ with their nominators.
The women led by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) Chairperson Kanana Nteere and nominated MCAs Secondina Kanini, Ruth Kananu among others said the insults hurled to the MCAs were also directed to the entire women folk in the county.
Police had to use teargas at some instances to disperse supporters alleged to be in support of Mwangaza from interfering with the women protests who mingled freely defying Covid-19 regulations during the protests.