Senate barred from discussing Governor Samboja’s impeachment motion

Senate barred from discussing Governor Samboja’s impeachment motion
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The High Court has barred the Senate from discussing the impeachment motion against Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja pending the hearing and determination of a case challenging his impeachment by members of Taita Taveta County assembly.

Justice Weldon Korir issued the conservatory orders even as the senate stayed the proceedings meant to establish a select committee to investigate Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja.

It is a reprieve for Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja after the court granted orders restraining members of the senate from proceeding with a motion over his impeachment.

In a ruling issued hours before the senate would converge to discuss the motion, Justice Weldon Korir ruled that if the senators would continue to deliberate the matter then it will amount to contempt of court.

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The orders coming even as senators complaint that the judiciary was interfering with an impeachment process which had already started.

The members of the senate who were ready to establish a select committee to investigate the impeachment of Taveta Governor Granton Samboja were forced to the proceedings pending the hearing and determination of the case before the high court.

In the case the governor through lawyer Nelson Havi argues that his rights are being violated and that members of Taita Taveta county assembly failed to consider matters of great interest before passing the motion to impeach him.

Meanwhile, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has moved to court seeking orders restraining  Komarock Housing Society from dealing in any manner including entering into, disposing of or transferring  the 1,200 acres along Kangundo road to any person or entity.

In a certificate of urgency before the high court, Muthama while accusing Komarock Housing Society of invading the disputed land and subdividing it for sale want the court to declare Kenya Broadcasting Corporation as the beneficial owner of the land.

The court directed that Muthama’s application be consolidated with the existing case ahead of the hearing of the case on 18th and 19th February 2020.

In the case the government maintains that the said parcel of land which contains equipment estimated at hundreds of million shillings was bought by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in 1980 and was fraudulently acquired by Komarock Ranching and Farmers Cooperative.

Finally, the case seeking to compel Kenya to withdraw from the maritime boundary dispute at the International Court of Justice kicked off at the high court.

In the petition 19 Kenyans through lawyer Kibe Mungai argued that if the government participates in the ICJ case it has the potential of permitting an unconstitutional alteration of Kenyan boundaries.

The group argues that the territory of Kenya cannot be altered except with approval through a referendum.

Somalia has sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice over 100,000 square kilometers of oil-rich triangle in the Indian ocean a case set to be heard on 4th November at the ICC.

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