Drama as judge reinstates Embu Deputy Speaker


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In Summary

  • The theatrical intrigues surrounding the Embu Deputy Speaker’s position continued to intensify after a second court order changed the office holder barely 12 hours after reinstating its previous occupant.
  • High Court Judge Florence Muchemi had on Thursday evening directed that Mr. Steve Simba (Runyenjes Central MCA) be reinstated to the position.
  • However, on Friday, the same court quashed its own orders and restored Mr. Paul Muchangi of Gaturi North Ward as Embu Deputy Speaker.

The theatrical intrigues surrounding the Embu Deputy Speaker’s position continued to intensify after a second court order changed the office holder barely 12 hours after reinstating its previous occupant.

High Court Judge Florence Muchemi had on Thursday evening directed that Mr. Steve Simba (Runyenjes Central MCA) be reinstated to the position.

However, on Friday, the same court quashed its own orders and restored Mr. Paul Muchangi of Gaturi North Ward as Embu Deputy Speaker.

For the better part of Thursday evening and Friday morning, the Embu County Assembly was treated to an array of theatrics after Mr. Simba arrived with court orders setting aside the MCA’s decision to replace him.

He demanded to given access to his office, only for his rival to appear with another set of orders setting aside the previous one.

This brought business at the Assembly to a standstill as a group of about 20 jubilated members, who had accompanied Mr. Muchangi, broke into celebrations before proceeding to the Assembly Clerk ’s office.

The Clerk, Mr. Jim Kauma, then proceeded to the Deputy Speaker’s office and officially ushered in Mr. Muchangi, a move that signified him as the legitimate occupant. Mr. Kauma further ordered Mr. Muchangi’s name be put back on the door.

While addressing the Press a few minutes later, Mr. Muchangi urged his rival to accept the decision of 30 County Assembly members. He added that Mr. Simba should resume duties of an ordinary MCA without ill feelings as the court had already ruled on the matter.

On her part, Nominated MCA Edna Muisyo who was behind the motion of No Confidence against Mr. Simba on April 11 decried attempts by the former Deputy Speaker to “try and sneak back into office” using the courts.

The MCA warned that she would rally her colleagues to dethrone him once again if he makes a similar attempt.

Minority Leader Lenny Masters (Kiambere) and Mbeti North MCA Peter Murithi also blasted Mr. Simba for “deceiving the court”.

According to them, the former deputy Speaker had told the court that they did not vote him out at the County Assembly plenary and were found to be in contempt of a court order stopping his ouster.

The duo also revealed that Mr. Simba had claimed that he was almost ran over by Speaker Josiah Thiriku’s car when he tried to serve the court papers, an allegation they dismissed.

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