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Mombasa Deputy Gov wants Joho cases challenged

18 March 2014, 18:01

Mombasa - Mombasa deputy governor Hazel Katana has made an application at the Mombasa high court to have a case challenging the Governor Joho academic credential be consolidated with the one currently at the Mombasa law courts.

Katana wants case filed in Nairobi with Janet Mbete in a Nairobi high court be consolidated with the one in Mombasa which was petitioned by Silas Otuke.

Deputy Governor made this application through her lawyer Paul Buti whom informed the court that the case being filed at the Nairobi court is similar to the one being pursued in Mombasa.

Buti said that the petitioner had filed an affidavit that contained the same document as the one on Mbetes case.

“The annexed documents on Mbetes affidavits are the same used by Otuke I therefore see the matter should be consolidated to save the court time and resources” said Buti

He prayed the court to transfer the matter from Nairobi to Mombasa and handled by one case since all the case were handling the academic credentials of Hassan Joho.

The petitioner lawyer Gikandi Ngibuini told the court that Hazel had not specified and given an appealing reason why the matter should be transferred.

Ngibuini objected the application and said that his client and Mbete are to different parties pursuing different matters and they have their own individual rights.

“This application has no merit because the matter has been heard and determined in Nairobi and its denying this court the mandate to hear this case” said Ngibuini.

Otuke’s lawyer insisted that members of the public should not be denied audience in the case is the matter was of great human interest.

Judge Edward Muriithi is set to deliver a ruling to whether the cases will be consolidated on April 3

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