Sammy Leshore gazetted to replace Isaac Mwaura despite court order
Sammy Prisa Leshore has been gazetted to replace Isaac Mwaura as member to the Senate representing persons with disabilities.
In a Gazette Notice dated May 10, 2021, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said the deleted nominee (Isaac Mwaura) stands disqualified.
This is despite an interim court order that was issued on Tuesday evening against his removal.
The Milimani High Court had directed that the respondents be restrained from implementing or further acting on the judgment of the Political Parties Tribunal pending hearing and determination of the motion.
“I am also convinced that there is need to grant interim orders. Consequently, the motion dated May 11, 2021 is fixed for interpartes hearing on May 24, 2021,” Justice Joseph Sergon said.
Additionally, the judge issued an order for stay of further implementation of the Gazette Notice number 4597 Vol CXX11-102 dated and issued on May 10 by the third respondent.
Mwaura has been in a protracted battle with the Jubilee party, the culmination of it — his expulsion.
On February 8 this year, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju said the National Management Committee (NMC) had met and deliberated on a report filed by the party’s disciplinary committee.
“The NMC in exercising its mandate provided or under article 7 (2a) of the party’s constitution and relying on other enabling provisions of the party law has expelled the following senators, ” the statement read.
Those expelled include nominated Senators: Isaac Mwaura, Seneta Mary Yiane, Waqo Naomi Jilo, Omanga Millicent, Prengei Victor, Iman Dekow and Gona Christine Zawadi.
The statement further noted that the expulsion was immediate but noted that the legislators still reserve their right to make an appeal.
“The expulsions are with immediate effect and have been communicated to the Senate and the registrar of political parties,” Tuju said.
And on May 11, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka — in a gazette notice — declared Mwaura’s seat vacant.