NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – Ousted Kiambu County Assembly speaker Nick Ndichu has moved to court to challenge his removal from office.
Ndichu is his suit papers claims that he was unlawfully impeached on February 25, 2014 and removed from office as the Speaker of the Kiambu County Assembly without any basis in law.
He says the move by the County Assembly amounts to public lynching on malicious and unsubstantiated allegations of financial impropriety.
Ndichu is seeking an order reinstating him to office pending hearing and determination of the case and a temporary order restraining the County Assembly from recruiting or interviewing any person to fill his position.
The County Assembly publicly advertised the Speaker’s position on February 27, 2014.
Ndichu, who is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, was removed from office after he authorised the finance department to pay Sh0.5 million for his travelling expenses to Brazil for a retreat with other LSK members.
Interim Clerk Vincent Karumba indicated in the advertisement that those interested in the post may collect nomination papers which should be returned this week.
“Interested persons who qualify to be elected as Members of the County Assembly but are not such members are therefore invited to collect nomination papers from the Office of the Interim Clerk of Kiambu County Assembly on Thursday 27th February 2014 during working hours and return them on or before Thursday 6th March 2014 at twelve noon to pave way for elections on Monday, March 10, 2014 starting at 2pm,” he said in the statement.
Applicants will be required to submit their CVs and other testimonials, clearance certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board, certificate of good conduct and a compliance certificate from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.