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BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,25TH SEPT 2019-The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi on Wednesday barred Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro from making any changes in the cabinet until determination of a petition filed Tuesday by a voter.
Nyoro who declared himself the Acting Governor after Ferdinand Waititu, who was charged with graft-related offences in July over the irregular execution of a Sh588 million tender was barred by the court from accessing his county office, has been accused of, “deliberately and with unrestrained impunity engaging in brazen blatant and flagrant violation and flouting of the supreme law of the land.”
“The respondent bis acting in clear violation of his powers and that amounts to abuse of his office,” the petitioner argued.
While giving orders on Wednesday, Justice Onesmus Makau allowed Njoroge through the law firm of Masaviru and Ketoo Advocates to serve Nyoro and the County Government of Kiambu with the petition by October 2 when the matter will be heard inter partes.
The injunction against Nyoro is seen as a major win for Waititu who has accused his deputy of attempting to stage a coup.
The emerging grandstanding between the Governor and Nyoro escalated after the Deputy Governor reassigned some county executives and redeployed others considered to be pro-Waititu against the advice of the County Attorney.
In the petition filed on Tuesday, Njoroge had asked the court to issue orders restraining Nyoro from effecting any appointments and further to give conservatory orders forbidding him from dismissing county staff pending the hearing and determination of the petition.
The petitioner holds that Nyoro, under Article 179 (5) of the Constitution, was exercising delegated authority.
Nyoro has recently been accused of frustrating the CEC Member for Finance, Kigo Njenga, whose official car was said to have been withdrawn after he declined to take instructions from the Deputy Governor.
The CEC Member in charge of Youth Affairs, Karungo wa Thang’wa, Friday tweeted that he had offered to share his official car with Njenga after his vehicle was purportedly withdrawn.