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Daily Nation : February 20th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 20, 2014 IMPEACHMENT| Three High Court judges fault the Senate and reinstate Wambora Embu governor wins round one E If courts can’t bite, there will be a crisis in the Judiciary and no one will seek legal redress, says Wambora’s lawyer Ahmed Abdullahi BY GEORGE MUNENE @Rubinga2 email@example.com mbattled Embu County Governor Martin Wambora yesterday won the first round of his court suit when three judges reinstated him in office. The judges, sitting at the High Court in Kerugoya put on hold the Senate decision which impeached Mr Wambora. He continues as governor until a case he has filed against the Senate is heard and determined by three judges. The case is set for hearing on Monday next week. Mr Wambora’s lawyer, Mr Ahmed Abdullahi, argued that the Senate disobeyed a High Court order not to take any action against Mr Wambora, who had been impeached by the Embu County Assembly over allegations of corruption and abuse of office. Mr Abdullahi told Judges Cecily Githua, Boaz Olao and H.I.Ong’udu that the Senate Speaker was wrong to set up a committee of 11 members to discuss the resolutions of the County Assembly and kick out Mr Wambora from office even after a court order was issued stopping him from doing so. He argued that any action taken after the court order was null and void. THE ASSESSMENT What county governors say Although governors agree that the Senate has powers to scrutinise financial records for prudent management, they argue that it should be done through consultation and cooperation. Governors claim this would create an impression that devolution is non-existent hence the need for a specific power to mediate on the two levels of government. “Once a legal order is issued not even the legislator, the executive or anybody is supposed to disobey it. If courts can’t bite, there will be a crisis in the Judiciary and no one will seek PAUL WAWERU | NATION From left: Lawyers Peter Wanyama, Issa Mansur and Ahmednasir Abdullahi at the High Court on Tuesday before the hearing of an application seeking to stop the Senate from summoning governors. legal redress,” he said. Mr Wambora also told the Judges that his deputy, Ms Dorothy Nditi, took over his position illegally as she had not been sworn in as Governor. But lawyer Kibe Mungai repre- senting Ms Nditi disagreed with Mr Wambora. “The constitution provides that if a vacancy occurs in the office of the governor the deputy takes over,” he said. On January, 28 the County Assemby passed a motion of impeachment against Governor Wambora and his Deputy. Mr Wambora was impeached by the Senate last Friday after he was found guilty of violating public procurement and public finance management laws and the Constitution but cleared Ms Nditi. After the court’s ruling, Mr Wambora’s supporters broke into song and dance. Mr Wambora has maintained that he is innocent. Embu county speaker Kariuki Mate said they were disappointed with the court decision but he will be ready to start new impeachment proceedings once the court makes its decision. You don’t need passport to travel all over East Africa BY NATION REPORT President Kenyatta yesterday exited Kenya and entered Uganda using his national identity card as a demonstration that East Africans do not require a passport or visa to travel to the regional states. The Kenya Airways plane carrying President Kenyatta and his entourage left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 5pm. This was meant to promote the movement of people and goods within the East African Community states without a passport or visa. Many Kenyans, Burundians, Rwan- dans, Tanzanians and Ugandans are unaware that they do not require visas to travel to each others countries. Although East Africans can use national passports to travel in the region, those without can use their national IDs. The East African Passport may be used for travel within the community only. It has a six-months multiple entry validity, which is one of the privileges it accords the holder. Certificates of identity or inter-state passes are issued by local immigration authorities to citizens who cannot be readily issued with a passport in emergency situations to travel across East Africa in place of a passport. The common market protocol provides for the use of a machine readable national Identity Card for travel within the East African region, but only for citizens of those partner states which have accepted among themselves the use of such. East African Community, Com- merce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phylis Kandie said the introduction of a single visa for East Africans will help ease movement of goods and services across borders. National News 9 BRIEFLY MAKUENI Five seized trying to bribe magistrate Five people have been arrested at Kilungu Law Courts for attempting to bribe the principal magistrate with Sh50,000. The two women and three men were allegedly seeking to influence the outcome of their relative’s case due today. Kilungu police chief Zachariah Bitok yesterday said they seized the bribe cash during the Tuesday afternoon incident and the suspects were locked up at Kilome Police Station. He said the five would be charged once police complete their investigation. KITUI Chief proposes use of ‘magic’ to curb crime An assistant chief has pro- posed the use of African magic to stem increasing cases of crime. Jolted by a rise in cases of theft, the Mulutu/Ndumoni assistant chief, Mr Philip Munywoki, has urged the villagers to seek the help of witchdoctors when they fall victim to crime. Mr Munywoki said African magic was becoming increasingly popular in identifying and punishing criminals especially those who help themselves to other people’s property. (KNA) EMBU Reveller dies after taking strong spirits to win bet A man died after taking spir- its during a drinking contest in Kiegucu village of Embu North District. Mr Mugo wa Karinga, a 45-year-old tea farmer, was bet Sh200 by a fellow reveller if he took four bottles of the highly intoxicating spirits without mixing with water or soda. It was after finishing the third bottle that he collapsed and started gasping for air, with the other patrons cheering unaware he was dying. He was pronounced dead at Kianjokoma dispensary.
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