Ousted Majority Leader concedes defeat

By: MACHARIA MWANGI

Ousted Nakuru County Assembly Majority Leader Samuel Waithuki has promised to work with his reinstated counterpart Mr George Mwaura Njenga.

Speaking in Nakuru on Tuesday evening, Waithuki said despite enjoying majority support from members, he respects the court decision to reinstate Mr Njenga.

“I’m in no mood to fight court battles, there is little time remaining and I intend to use it to better my ward in Naivasha,” he said.

He, however, blamed some forces within the Assembly for his ouster, insisting that he was duly elected.

OBEY COURT RULING

In a communication to the County Assembly, Speaker Susan Kihika on Tuesday said the position of Majority Leader and Deputy Majority Leader will now be held by Mr Njenga and Ms Leah Serem, respectively.

The Speaker said a meeting held on Monday resolved to comply with a court ruling issued on November 12, 2015 by Justice George Odunga which quashed the decision of the Political Parties Tribunal dated March 2, 2015.

Lakeview Ward County Assembly Member Mr Simon Wanyoike Wanango said: “We had an option of seeking further legal redress but we have instead decided to respect the court decision.”

REMOVAL UNPROCEDURAL

Mr Njenga, the Mosop MCA was reinstated as the Majority Leader on September 2014, by the Political Parties Tribunal only to be ousted by Mr Waithuki later on.

The decision to reinstate Mr Njenga was reached after the tribunal ruled that it has the jurisdiction to hear the matter in which he challenged his removal on grounds that it was unprocedural.

The move caused sharp divisions in the County Assembly with majority of MCAs supporting Mr Waithuki saying he is outspoken and difficult to compromise.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION