Nyeri leaders want petition against Justice Ndung’u withdrawn

Supreme Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u
Supreme Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u.

A section of Nyeri leaders including Governor Wahome Gakuru on Sunday said they will push through the petition to remove Chief Justice David Maraga if a petition seeking to oust Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u is not withdrawn.

Speaking after attending a church service in Kieni, the Nyeri leaders dismissed the petition against the Supreme Court judge, with Nyeri Governor Gakuru terming the petition as shameful.

Tetu Constituency MP, Gichuhi Mwangi, said: “As a lawyer, I have gone through the Njoki petition and found that it is based on flimsy allegations.”

The Nyeri leaders, who were hosted by Kieni MP, Kanini Kega, also added their voice to Jubilee’s proposed changes to the electoral laws.

“It is within our mandate to change laws and make them clear, and there is room for public participation to allow room for people to express their opinions on the proposed changes,” said Kieni MP.

The sentiments by the Nyeri leaders come after former Law Society of Kenya chief executive officer, Apollo Mboya, filed a petition on Friday September 29 seeking to remove Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u from office.

The petition which was filed before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) alleges breach of oath of office, gross misconduct and misbehaviour by Justice Ndung’u in offering her dissenting opinion in a Supreme Court judgement that annulled the August 8 presidential poll.

In relation to the same judgement, a similar petition had been filed before the JSC by Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu seeking to oust the CJ Maraga from office. The petition, which had been denounced by Jubilee leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta saw Wambugu announce on his official twitter account that he will not pursue the petition for now.

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