NAIROBI—An application lodged by Wajir governor Ahmed Werar blocking the February judgement from taking effect has been 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.