High Court halts planned swearing-in of Ann Kananu as Governor

Jan, 19th 2021 – The high court has temporarily stopped the planned installation of Nairobi deputy governor Ann Kananu as Governor until an application by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission(KHRC) is heard and determined.

While issuing the orders, Justice Anthony Mrima set Thursday for the petition. The two bodies filed the suit after Nairobi speaker Benson Mutura gave up his acting governor role to Kananu, who is set to be confirmed as the substantive governor.

Speaker Bentura assumed office as acting Governor after governor Sonko was impeached in December 2020. The law requires that an election be held within sixty days of vacancy.

In a tweet, KHRC said, “We have secured a significant victory with the high court temporarily stopping the swearing-in & assumption of office of Ann Kananu pending the hearing of a petition filed by the KHRC & LSK. The court has just blocked the attempt at illegal subversion of our constitution.”

IEBC had set the date for the Nairobi by-election on the 18th of Friday with several candidates having shown their interest. According to the poll agency, the campaign period will run between January 18th and the 15th of February

LSK and KHRC want a by-election to be conducted within 60 days, as provided for by the law, terming any plans to evade the by-elections as unconstitutional.

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