Huge blow for Nyoro as supremacy battle over Waititu hots up

Huge blow for Nyoro as supremacy battle over Waititu hots up
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his deputy James Nyoro. PHOTOS/COURTESY

Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro has been barred from from interfering with county government officers.

This comes after Marion Njoroge, who was identified as a Kiambu resident, filed a petition claiming that Nyoro is acting in violation of his powers.

“The Deputy Governor has purported to reshuffle, dismiss, and  assign the executive secretaries  hence acted in excess of his powers,” argued the petitioner .

According to her, Nyoro violated Article 179 (5) of the Kenyan Constitution by exercising powers only limited to the Governor.

Earlier this month, another Kiambu resident moved to court to challenge Nyoro for reshuffling the County Executive Committee members (CECs).

The current Governor Ferdinand Waititu is facing corruption charges and is blocked from accessing his office at the Kiambu County until the case is heard and determined.

“It is necessary to guard the risk of interfering with the witnesses in the case by imposing conditions…restricting him is necessary and to ensure public interest is safeguarded,” Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi said.

Just hours after the ruling, Waititu’s deputy Nyoro announced that he would be taking charge and pushing for the impeachment of his boss.

He would later reshuffle the county officers. However, one Bernard Chege Mburu moved to court arguing that the Deputy Governor was purporting to exercise powers that he did not have in law.

“The illegal acts of the Deputy Governor will create a stalemate that will gravely affect service delivery to the people of Kiambu especially as one of the dockets affected is Finance,” read the court papers.

The voter further claims that Nyoro’s decision to transfer officers could set a dangerous precedent as deputy governors could take advantage to usurp authority.

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