Court dismisses petition seeking to eject Governor Wambora from office


Court dismisses petition seeking to eject Governor Wambora from office
Embu County Governor elect Martin Wambora

In Summary

  • Former Manyatta MP Emilio Kathuri, who filed the petition, claimed the governor had violated Chapter Six of the Kenyan Constitution following his impeachment four years ago.
  • In his affidavit, Kathuri claimed that the Supreme Court on December 15, 2017 ruled that the manner in which the County Assembly of Embu removed Wambora from office on January 16, 2014 was legal and proper.

The Embu High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed to seek orders declaring Governor Martin Wambora unfit to hold public office on integrity grounds.

Former Manyatta Member of Parliament Emilio Kathuri, who filed the petition, claimed the governor had violated Chapter Six of the Kenyan Constitution following his impeachment four years ago.

In his affidavit, Kathuri claimed that the Supreme Court on December 15, 2017 ruled that the manner in which the County Assembly of Embu removed Wambora from office on January 16, 2014 was legal and proper.

Through his lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, the MP argued that since the county assembly passed a vote of no confidence in the governor over the issues and the Senate went ahead to impeach him, then the governor is in office illegally and ought to be removed.

Justice Florence Muchemi last week postponed the judgement of the case saying the ruling was not ready and scheduled it for today.

In December 2015, the court of appeal annulled the senate’s decision to impeach Governor Wambora.

In the ruling, the Court of Appeal said the High Court’s initial decision was erroneous.

Governor Wambora had moved to the appellate court after the High Court upheld the senate decision to remove him from office.

 

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