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Embu Speaker faces contempt of court charges in Wambora's impeachment

01 October 2014, 09:17 Joseph Njung’eh

Embu - Embu County Assembly Speaker, Justus Kariuki Mate will appear in court over contempt of court charges that he unsuccessfully tried to halt.

Kariuki is set to appear before Kerugoya High Court on October 6, 2014 to defend himself on allegations of disobeying a court order.

He will face charges of allowing a County Assembly debate that led to impeachment of Governor Martin Wambora despite there being a court order restraining the assembly from doing so.

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Kariuki will be charged alongside the County Assembly Clerk, Jim Kauma.

The two had moved to court of appeal in Nyeri seeking to have the charges stopped arguing that the impeachment motion was legal at the County Assembly.

Governor Wambora has however been reinstated by the court.

The Speaker and the Clerk have however denied any wrongdoing for pressing for the impeachment motion, stating that they were never served with the court order.

Court of Appeal judges Alnasir Visram, Martha Koome and Otieno Odek while dismissing the duo’s application said Mate and Kauma's disobedience of the order was undermining court.

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