High Court again suspends Gazette notice calling for Nairobi gubernatorial by-election

By Mourice Seretta

The High Court has for the second time issued an order suspending a Gazette notice calling for the by-election of the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat.

Justice Anthony Mrima on Thursday issued the order following an application filed by Anne Kananu.

Justice Mrima had earlier this month suspended the special Gazette notice issued by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) last month calling for a by-election to replace impeached Governor Mike Sonko.

The judge ruled the by-election suspended pending the hearing and determination of the application by Sonko, who argued that procedures were violated, hence, the impeachment is null and void.

Sonko challenged his removal from office, claiming the due process was violated. He argued he will suffer snots ouster from office.

Sonko further argued that he will suffer irreparable damage because he stands to lose his position as the second governor of the city without due process of the law.

With the withdrawal of the petition, Kananu could be vetted by the county assembly and sworn in as the deputy governor and would then take over as the first woman governor of Nairobi.

Kananu, a criminology graduate, served as Disaster Management chief officer in Sonko’s administration.

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