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Wambora faces rejection for the second time

21 February 2014, 10:03

Embu - Embattled Embu governor Martin Wambora’s still faces rejection in his county even after a court temporarily blocked his impeachment by Senate last week Friday.

A section of members of Embu County Assembly were seeking to re-table the motion to impeach Wambora for the second time, but Speaker, Justus Kariuki  declined to give them a go ahead, The Standard reports

Kariuki said the move was triggered by the fact that the issue was still being handled in court.

According to Kariuki, he was not aware of a court order that reinstated Wambora back to office, and that Embu does not have a substantive governor for now.

The High Court reinstated Wambora until a case challenging his impeachment process is heard and determined.

Sitting in Kerugoya, a three judge bench ruled that it was wrong for the senate to impeach Wambora despite him having a court order in place stopping the senate hearings from taking place.

Wambora had gone to court in Embu immediately after the Embu County assembly voted to impeach him, where he received a court order barring the senate from listening to his case until the truth of the allegations leveled against him were determined as true or false.

The senate though went ahead to impeach Wambora last Friday in a four hour sitting despite the existense of the High Court order.

Wambora has on several occasions insisted that he is innocent and has not been afforded a fair hearing as concerns his impeachment.

Through the Council of Governors, Wambora had on Tuesday sought orders to stop the gazettement by the senate of his impeachment but the request was thrown out by Judge David Majanja on grounds that the case will be heard in a separate court the following day.

The ruling also came as a double victory for governors after the High Court also called off planned summons of nine governors by the senate committee on finance.

- For more visit The Standard

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