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Nyoro’s swearing in as Kiambu Governor put off over legal challenges

James Nyoro (in red stripped tie) at the county government headquarters on January 30, 2020 when his swearing in aborted. /MOSES MJUOKI.

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 30 – The swearing-in of James Nyoro to take over as the new Kiambu Governor after the impeachment of Ferdinand Waititu has been postponed over legal challenges.

Hundreds of Nyoro’s supporters and leaders had assembled at the County Headquarters, where he was ready to take an oath, only for the Judiciary to postpone the exercise, prompting protests from locals.

The exercise was postponed after legal experts questioned the legality of the swearing-in before the expiry of 10 days as required by law, to enable any dissatisfied party to lodge a challenge in court.

Waititu is already seeking orders to overturn the Senate decision to uphold a motion by the Kiambu MCAs who voted to send him home last year.

On Thursday, a section of Kiambu leaders walked out of the Governor’s office, hoping to get a judge to administer the oath, only to wait for more than five hours.

Led by Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba, the leaders said they were frustrated since the judge had been assuring them he was going there whenever they called him.

“He has been saying that he is coming since 9a.m., who is he consulting?” a visibly agitated legislator said.

Outside, a section of leaders and supporters of Nyoro were singing and dancing, some yelling “Nobody can stop reggae,” that was ignited in Mombasa last week by ODM leader Raila Odinga, in reference to the Building Bridges Initiative bandwagon.

They switched from Kikuyu gospel songs to reggae and any other song that inspired hope.

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The county offices’ gate was closed for hours, as a precautionary measure, in case unwelcome guests like the impeached Governor Waititu stormed in.

People getting inside the premises underwent thorough security scrutiny, including journalists, some of whom were locked out for hours.

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