Ousted Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has returned to the High Court in Milimani in his mission to stop newly-sworn-in Kiambu Governor James Nyoro from appointing a deputy.
Waititu, through his lawyers, claim Governor Nyoro has illegally taken over as governor and as such has no legal standing to appoint or nominate anyone as his deputy.
Waititu was booted out of the Kiambu governor’s seat after the majority of the senators present during the hearing of his impeachment motion in the Senate on January 29, voted for his impeachment.
Amongst 39 Senators present during the impeachment motion, 28 voted for his removal while 11 voted against his removal.
Waititu was accused of corruption, grossly violating the County Government Act and Public Management Act.
James Karanja Nyoro, who served as the deputy governor was sworn in as the new Kiambu Governor on Friday, January 31.
Nyoro, who was the deputy governor, was set to be sworn in as the county boss on Thursday, January 30, however, the planned inauguration of 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 instructed by the Chief Justice to conduct the swearing-in but failed to show up at the event, said the planned exercise was not in line with requirements under the Assumption of the Office of Governor Act No.4 of 2019.
Waititu is banking on the outcome of Wambora’s case to regain his position at the helm of the wealthy Kiambu county.