Blow to Anne Kananu after court stops her swearing in

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 16:43 | By
Nairobi deputy Governor Anne Kananu Photo/PD/David Ndolo

Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Knanu was dealt a big blow after a court in Nairobi stopped her ascension to the position of governor. 

In the ruling, Justices Wanjiru Karanja, Jessie Lessit and Jamila Mohammed of the Court of Appeal said that Kananu’s swearing-in should be stopped until an appeal arising from High Court is heard and determined.

In June, activist Okiya Omtata and former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko moved to the appellate court after being aggrieved by a judgement the High Court delivered on June 24.

"That unless the orders are issued Kananu will be sworn in thereby rendering the appeal herein nugatory, overtaken by events, only to serve an academic purpose as the Sonko and Omtatah stands to lose their opportunity to exercise right of Appeal as per the constitution," Sonko’s lawyer, Wilfred Nyamu argued.

Justice Karanja who was presiding over the case directed that Kananu’s swearing-in be stopped until October 22. 

Sonko moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge a decision by justices Weldon Korir, Said Chitembwe and Winfrida Okwany who dismissed Sonko’s application challenging his impeachment.

Additional reporting by Nancy Gitonga.

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