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Case against Embu Speaker halted

29 May 2014, 20:13 Joseph Njung’eh

Embu - Court of appeal has issued a temporally orders stopping proceeding of a contempt of court case against Embu county assembly Speaker Justus Kariuki Mate and county assembly clerk Jim Kauma.

The court suspended the proceedings for 60 days in order to hear an appeal set to be filed by the two.

While sitting in Nyeri law courts, appellate judges Alnashir Visram, Martha Koome and Otieno Odek granted a stay order to a High Court judgment that indicted Mate and Kauma to contempt of court in April, this year.

The judges, however, directed that if the two accused persons do not file the said appeal in 30days, then the deputy registrar of Kerugoya High Court should issue fresh summons against them.  

Mate and Kauma moved to the court of appeal challenging their indictment by High Court judges Hedwing Ong’udi, Cecilia Githua and Boaz Olao on April 16.

The Kerugoya judges ruled that Mate and Kauma had disobeyed a court order barring them from proceeding with the impeachment motion of Embu governor Martin Wambora without serving him with a specific notice of the particular grounds or charges against him.

The court summoned the two and found that they had a case to answer.

In their application at the appellate court, Mate and Kauma claimed that they were never served with copies of the order they allegedly disobeyed and accused the high court judges of relying merely on the evidence of the secretary of the Embu County Assembly clerk.

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