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  • The move comes just days after a high-profile ceasefire meeting convened by Health Cabinet Secretary Cecily Kariuki to end the leadership wars in the Nyandarua County Assembly failed.

Embattled Nyandarua County Assembly Speaker Ndegwa Wahome  has obtained a court order allowing him to conduct House business. Mr Wahome moved to court after he and other MCAs were barred from accessing the assembly premises by heavily armed police officers on Wednesday.

“Pending hearing and determination of this application inter-partes, this honourable court is pleased to issue temporary order of injunction restraining the Defendant/Respondent or agents from interfering with the smooth-running of the functions of the Nyandarua County Assembly by the newly elected Speaker (Plaintiff/Applicant) pending hearing and determination of the application herein,” reads the court order issued in Nyahururu by Justice Rosaline Wendo.

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Mr Ndegwa was blocked from entering the assembly when the MCAs elected Gathure Wambui as acting speaker.

“The election of the new Speaker marks the beginning of the end of leadership wrangles in our county, which is a continuation from the last regime. The fights paralysed developments in the last regime. I will work with all MCAs, treat them equally and restore the dignity of the House,” said Mr Gathure.

Governor Francis Kimemia welcomed the changes in the assembly leadership.

 “The people of Nyandarua are tired of endless wrangles and now demand services, irrespective of the differences among members of the county Assembly. Disagreements should be resolved amicably without affecting service delivery to Wanjiku who elected leaders to serve them,“ he said.

The move comes just days after a high-profile ceasefire meeting convened by Health Cabinet Secretary Cecily Kariuki to end the leadership wars in the Nyandarua County Assembly failed.

Ms Kariuki met with the county's top officials in an effort to ease an impasse that had paralysed business in the house for three months.

Ms Kariuki’s attempt to end the wrangles raised eyebrows in some quarters, with some political analysts and ward representatives reading a sinister motive.

“We read a hidden agenda in Ms Kariuki’s entry. The new developments and political climate prove that the meeting was not in good faith. There were some predetermined decisions,” said former Ol Kalou Town Council Chairman Wanyaga Mwangi.

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