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Why James Nyoro’s swearing-in as Kiambu Governor was cancelled on Thursday

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Kiambu Deputy Governor Dr. James Nyoro was set to be sworn in as the County Governor on Thursday following the impeachment of Ferdinand Waititu on Wednesday.

However, the planned inauguration of Dr. Nyoro, which was to be presided over by High Court judge John Onyiego, had to be called off after hours of waiting ostensibly over anticipated legal implications.

Justice Onyiego, who had been appointed by the Chief Justice to conduct the swearing-in but failed to show up at the event, now says the planned exercise was not in line with requirements under the Assumption of the Office of Governor Act No.4 of 2019.

“The County Committee on Assumption of Governor’s office has not complied with Section 11(1) of the Act, which requires publication and notification of the swearing in ceremony in the Kenya Gazette and the County Gazette stating the time, date and place of swearing. It is those Gazette Notices that grants the power to swear in the Deputy Governor in such situation,” said Justice Onyiego in a notice on Thursday.

The judge further cites Section 11(2) of the Assumption of the Office of Governor Act which requires the Governor to be sworn-in on the first Thursday after the tenth day following the declaration of the final results of the election of the County Governor.

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However, in view of the fact that this was not an election case, the Judge acknowledges that the law allows for necessary modifications to be applied when it comes to the swearing-in of a Deputy Governor who assumes the office of the County Governor, but he says this was also not done.

“I understand the modification as relating to shortening of the 10 days period but that has also not been done,” added the Judge.

“In view of the fact that the two provisions have not been complied with, the swearing ceremony has been suspended and the County Secretary is hereby advised to ensure that a committee is established pursuant to Section 3 and 5  of the Act and a resolution is passed in compliance with section 11 of the said Act.”

The judge says the Judiciary is “ready and willing to swear the new Governor upon compliance with the said provisions.”

Meanwhile, the High Court has declined to issue ex-parte orders sought by ousted Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu among them the barring of his deputy from taking over as Governor.

Waititu, who was kicked out of office after his impeachment was withheld by the Senate on Wednesday, filed a petition on Thursday where he sought to have the Senate decision suspended pending the hearing and determination of his petition.

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The court instead directed that the matter be heard inter-parte on Monday, February 3.

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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

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During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

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A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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