WAJIR—Ahmed Ali Werar has earlier today handed over the office of the governor ahead of tomorrow’s arrival by the reinstated county chief, Mohamed Abdi.
In an impromptu ceremony held at the county headquarters shortly after he saw-off Raila Odinga at the Wajir Airport, Werar handed over the instrument of authority after his lawyers informed him that their plea for stay was rejected. Ahmed Werar has today steered his last major event as a governor of Wajir when he hosted Azimio La Umoja brigade at Orahey grounds.
Asked if he would continue serving as deputy governor, Ahmed tried to avoid direct response.
“If that’s how you want to put it, then so be it,” he said, dismissing reports that he resigned as deputy governor.
“As you know, I launched my bid for Wajir governor and this will give me the opportunity to concentrate on my campaigns,” he added.
An application lodged by Wajir governor Ahmed Werar blocking the February judgement from taking effect was earlier rejected.
In a ruling delivered on Wednesday afternoon by a three-judge bench, the appellate court in Nairobi dismissed the order of stay sought by Ahmed who wanted to serve as governor in the remaining period.
Last month, the Meru High court reinstated Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as the duly elected governor of Wajir after a protracted court battle with his removal from office being described as illegal.
During the ruling, the court said that the County Assembly did not show proof of public participation when it launched the efforts to oust him from office arguing that Wajir residents should have been involved.
The three-judge bench ruled that there was a serious violation of law and Constitution by the County Assembly and Senate during the impeachment process.
The court further directed that Abdi will formally assume office on March 10 to allow the affected parties to file an appeal if interested.
The court also asked current governor Ali Ahmed Mukhtar to resume his initial role as deputy Governor.
On the other hand, Mohamed Abdi has comfirmed his arrival tomorrow in Wajir.
“I am content with the ruling…I am coming (to Wajir) to continue with our work,” Mohamed Abdi, who has already declared his intention to defend the seat, told Kulan Post
He added that: ” I have no problem serving with Ahmed Werar as my deputy. ”