Mutua loses battle to stop investigations on car purchases

Wednesday December 30 2015

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua speaks before the Senate Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights in Parliament Buildings over alleged mistreatment of his deputy governor, on November 18, 2015. On December 25, 2015, Justice Lenaola dismissed Dr Mutua’s July 3 application seeking reinstatement of temporary orders stopping investigations against him. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua speaks before the Senate Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights in Parliament Buildings over alleged mistreatment of his deputy governor, on November 18, 2015. On December 25, 2015, Justice Lenaola dismissed Dr Mutua’s July 3 application seeking reinstatement of temporary orders stopping investigations against him. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAZERA NDURYA
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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has suffered a setback after a court declined to reinstate orders barring the anti-graft agency from investigating him over purchase of vehicles.

Last week, the High Court lifted orders stopping the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission from investigating the governor.

On Tuesday, Justice Joseph Onguto dismissed his application seeking a reversal of the decision and instead told the parties to wait until the case comes up before Justice Isaac Lenaola on January 12, 2016 when new directions will be given.

Dr Mutua’s lawyer Wilfred Nyamu said his client would suffer prejudice if the orders are not reinstated.

On Friday, Justice Lenaola dismissed Dr Mutua’s July 3 application seeking reinstatement of temporary orders stopping investigations against him.

The orders had been issued on December 3, last year.

The judge had set aside the orders barring him from arrest, prosecution or being investigated after protests that he had not filed more court documents on time and that his lawyer appeared in court late.

“He enjoyed the conservatory orders and I fail to see how his right to a fair trial has been compromised in the circumstances,” Justice Lenaola said.