, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – The Industrial Court has given the Kiambu County Assembly the go-ahead to replace ousted Speaker Nick Ndichu on Tuesday next week.
Justice Nduma Nderi ruled that no case had been established to bar the assembly from recruiting a new Speaker.
“I have considered the public interest and the possibility that the affairs of the assembly will be affected,” Nderi ruled.
The judge however allowed Ndichu 14 days to amend his case to include seeking compensation in the event the final judgment is delivered in his favour.
Ndichu had wanted the Industrial Court to order his reinstatement and declare his impeachment a nullity, on grounds that it was unprocedural.
He argued that the move by the County Assembly amounted to public lynching on malicious and unsubstantiated allegations of financial impropriety.
Ndichu alleged that the County Assembly denied him a chance to respond to the allegations raised after debating the motion contrary to order 64(3) of the Interim County Assemblies Standing Orders.
Ndichu was impeached on allegations of authorising the finance department to fund his traveling expenses to Brazil at a cost of over half a million shillings.
The matter is due back in court on May 5.