Court declines to stop swearing in of elected officials

The high court Tuesday declined to temporarily stop the decision by Francis Kimemia to put on hold the swearing in of those who were elected to the positions of Senators, Governors, Members of Parliament or Women Representatives.

The petition filed by Siaya senator -elect Anyang Nyong’o was however certified as urgent and listed for hearing on Wednesday.

Nyong’o in his petition argues that there is no legal foundation requiring elected ministers and their assistants to resign.

Through his lawyer Jotham Arwa the minister argued that it is only upon swearing in of ministers and assistant ministers elected to the post of senators, governors, members of National Assembly or women representatives that they lose the right to remain.

According to Nyongo ministers and their assistants who did not compete or qualify for elective posts ought to remain in government until the swearing in of the President and appointment of Cabinet Secretaries is done.

Justice Isaac Lenaola however directed lawyer Jotham to serve it upon Kimemia and the Clerk of National Assembly to facilitate interparty hearing on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Governors across the 47 counties will be sworn in on Wednesday with preparations for the exercise ready.

Nairobi’s Uhuru Park will host the ceremony where the Capital’s first governor Evans Kidero is expected to be sworn in.

In Kiambu County, William Kabogo’s swearing will be held at the Kirigiti stadium.

Kiambu, the county transitional authority secretary Wilson Mwita Maroa confirmed that elaborate plans were in their final phase ahead of the ceremony.

Transitional Authority has allocated more than 2 million shillings to each county for the swearing in ceremony after the official gazettement of the elected leaders.

The authority will organize an induction workshop for all the elected and appointed leaders in charge of the county governments.

Governors and their deputies will be part of the training to be held in Naivasha.

Source:KBC

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