High Court quashes petition to shield Majority Leader Jason Tuja from ouster
SEE ALSO :Court okays winding up of bankTrouble started when Mr Maganga read the court communique that put a halt to their plans to change the top ODM leadership. But yesterday, the petitioners’ lawyer Nyange Sharia faulted Justice Amin for dismissing the case without giving him a hearing. Meaningful case “We had a meaningful case but it was difficult for my clients to effect the service,” said Mr Sharia. He added: “You cannot dismiss a case that is coming up for hearing. I was not heard. I will consult with my clients to know the way forward because we have 14 days to appeal against the ruling. We have good chances of winning the case.”
SEE ALSO :Oparanya blocks MCAs' bid for car loansHowever, ward representatives allied to the respondents hailed the ruling. “People should respect court processes. The petitioners were trying to buy time,” said Kaloleni MCA Ahmed Omar. The ODM legislator said they had earlier written to the Speaker about the change of leadership in the National Super Alliance (Nasa). “We are still waiting for the Speaker to decide on our letter. We are replacing Nasa leadership in the house,” said Mr Omar. He revealed that former Majority Leader Jones Maganga might make a comeback as the majority leader, adding that in their proposed line-up, nominated MCA Catherine Mwakiwiwi had been proposed for the deputy majority leader’s position, while nominated MCA Joyce Mwangoji would be the new chief whip.
SEE ALSO :Raila stops ODM members ousterOmarv clarified that they were not targeting Maganga or Mr Ngala for removal. Tuja, however, said the matter was an ODM affair and accused Jubilee members of sabotage. “Let ODM legislators with concerns bring them to the table for discussion and resolution instead of using the ruling coalition and legislators without parties to destabilise the Opposition.” The impending leadership changes come barely a day after ODM county officials warned the MCAs of disciplinary action if they dared remove Tuja.