In Summary
  • Earlier, Justice Francis Gikonyo had declared the position null and void in Meru.
  • The ruling is a major blow to Mr Kihurunjo, who has been at loggerheads with the Executive, led by Governor Mwangi wa Iria.
  • Last week, 10 MCAs who opposed the budget proposals were removed from the committees they were heading in a disciplinary move.
  • A Nyeri resident has moved to court seeking to have the deputy speaker’s post, held by Samuel Kariuki, declared unconstitutional.

The Deputy Speaker’s position in Murang’a County Assembly has been declared null and void by the High Court.

The ruling will have major ramifications across the country.

It also gives impetus to the debate on whether Kenya is over-represented, coming in the wake of a bill by Uasin Gishu County Woman Rep Gladys Shollei seeking to scrap the same post she holds.

The Murang’a ruling is the second by a judge to rule that the post is unconstitutional. Earlier, Justice Francis Gikonyo had declared the position null and void in Meru.

Mr Gikonyo ruled that the Standing Orders of the Meru County Assembly, which created the position, contravene the Constitution and County Government Act, 2012.

And on Wednesday, High Court Judge Kanyi Kimondo ruled that the creation, establishment and maintenance of the office in Murang’a is not based on any law.

UNCONSTITUTIONAL

In the petition filed against Deputy Speaker Mwangi Kihurunjo, Speaker Leonard Nduati Kariuki and the Murang’a County Assembly, local resident Anthony Mwangi Maina urged the court to declare Mr Kihurunjo’s seat unconstitutional, and also prohibit him from acting on behalf of the Speaker.

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