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Petitioner wants judge in Nyamira case to recuse himself

Friday July 10 2020
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Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Mathews Nduma Nderi. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By RUTH MBULA

A petitioner wants a judge hearing a case challenging the appointment of new county executives in Nyamira to disqualify himself.

The petitioner, Vincent Omao, has filed a case at the Labour court against Justice Mathews Nduma.

The applicant said for the interest of justice, it would be prudent for the judge to recuse himself from hearing the petition at hand.

“The petition is extremely urgent considering that the decision of the court has brought to a standstill the operations of Governor John Nyagarama and the county government,” he said.

Mr Omao, who is an interested party in the Nyamira case, claimed the judge had shown outright bias against him and that there is a likelihood that the court had already made its mind on the outcome of the matter in favour of the petitioner.

Mr Geoffrey Ndubi filed a petition in April 2020, seeking to halt the appointment of new executives citing illegality.

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The Labour court in Kisumu stopped the vetting of four new nominees for the position of Nyamira County executive members.

“This court hereby grants conservatory orders restraining Nyamira governor John Nyagarama and County Government of Nyamira from forwarding the names of the new nominees to the assembly for the purposes of approval to replace the previous executives,” said Justice Nduma.

In his Cabinet reorganisation, Mr Nyagarama sent four members home, bringing on board others in a bid to revitalise services.

The new appointees were Shem Kiage, Dr Stella Moraa, Stella Nyambariga and Dr Samson Barongo.

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