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Reprieve for Nyandarua Speaker as court stay resolution to impeach him

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By Julius Chepkwony | January 17th 2021

A High Court in Nakuru has temporarily stayed a move by a section of Nyandarua Members of County Assembly to impeach Speaker Ndegwa Wahome (pictured).

High Court Judge Joel Ngugi issued the orders on Friday following a petition filed by the embattled Speaker.

Wahome in the petition termed the proceedings of January 8, 2020 that led to his alleged impeachment as unlawful. He further stated that the gazzetment of the special sitting was illegal and unlawful. On the said day only 18 MCAs voted in support of the motion, one abstained while 8 were absent.

“It is hereby ordered that this honourable court be pleased to issue temporary order of stay of execution of resolution and or decision of the purported unlawful impeachment proceedings by the County assembly to unlawful remove from office the Speaker Nyandarua County Assembly pending hearing and determination of the application interparties,” read the order.

The court also restrained any member of the assembly from acting or performing the functions of the officer of office of the Speaker to include presiding over sittings of the Assembly unless the speaker is lawfully impeached from office.

Further, the court temporarily restrained the assembly from declaring a vacancy in the office of the Speaker.

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