While the Senate held a special sitting Tuesday to decide the fate of Embu Governor Martin Wambora, he was in court awaiting the judge’s decision on his impeachment.
Mr Wambora sat calmly waiting for the verdict however, High Court principal judge Richard Mwongo gave ample time to both the Governor and the Embu County Assembly to argue out their cases on whether the impeachment had to be halted again.
Mr Justice Mwongo said the case would proceed to full hearing without disclosing whether he would stop the Senate from impeaching Mr Wambora as per the Governor’s request to the court before adjourning.
Mr Wambora’s lawyer Francis Nyamu claimed the notice of motion passed on the resolution to have him impeached was irregular and violates his right as an elected leader.
Mr Nyamu told the court that if the Senate proceeds to charge Mr Wambora with the same allegation, he will be vexed twice contrary to standing orders.
“It is highly likely that Mr Wambora’s right of holding office will be violated as he will cease to hold office; and by going ahead to charge him with the initial allegations is unfair,” he said.
However, Assembly lawyer Charles Njenga disagreed with Mr Nyamu saying he was merely pleading with the court to grant orders which had already been determined by the Kerugoya High Court that had heard Wambora’s case at the start.
Mr Njenga said the motion was passed as required and the Speaker notified other members about the sitting yesterday through a gazette notice hence could not be stopped.