Wambora remains Governor, Court rules
19 May 2014, 17:30
Nairobi - The
High Court has insisted that ousted Embu Governor Martin Wambora is
still in charge of the Embu County Assembly.
Judge Richard Mwongo said that Wambora is still the Governor until a case
filed by a group of Embu residents has been fully completed.
Mwongo said this was what he meant when he issued an order last Friday stopping
the swearing in of deputy governor Dorothy Nditi and suspending Mr Wambora’s
second impeachment by the Senate.
said the court reached that decision based on the facts and pleadings presented
to him by the Embu residents, 35 of whom are the petitioners with 35,000
signatures collected by an official of the council of elders from the region
judge also said that the decision to stop any efforts to replace Mr Wambora on
May 16 days after his second impeachment on May 13 was meant to ensure that the
status quo remains as it is.
court made its ruling based on facts and pleadings, the intension was to
enable maintenance of the status quo, Mr Wambora should not be replaced until
this case is heard, determined and is fully completed,” said Justice Mwongo.
Embu County Assembly’s had demanded for a clarification on what Justice Mwongo
meant when he last week ordered that Ms Nditi should not be sworn in to serve
in acting capacity and any efforts aimed at replacing Mr Wambora should not be
the County Assembly lawyer Charles Njenga told the judge that he was merely
seeking a clarification on orders issued, Wambora’s lawyer Wilfred Nyamu
accused him of looking for ways to have the orders lifted as he represents a
section of those who do not want the governor in office.
Okenyo Omwansa for the residents said the orders had been issued based on the
factual, arguable and strong case made by the Embu voters.
35 had moved to court after a gazette notice by the Clerk to the Senate indicated
that the Embu County Government Governor seat had been rendered vacant
following Senate’s decision to impeach Mr Wambora.
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