Saturday, June 19, 2021

Judge Mumbi Ngugi disqualifies herself from Sonko’s case

High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi has withdrawn herself from listening to graft charges leveled against Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

The news follows a request by the Nairobi Governor to have Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi disqualify herself citing biassness in her ruling.

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Referring to previous judgments delivered against fellow governors Moses Lenolkulal of Samburu and Ferdinand Waititu of Kiambu to stay away from the office, Governor Sonko felt the same fate will follow him.

In her defense, Judge Mumbi said that the public will not be pleased if a sitting governor is brought before the court for corruption then allowed to serve when the case is ongoing.

The ruling prompted governors to move to the Court of Appeal which in turn upheld the ruling.

Less than a month ago the Nairobi Governor appointed her Deputy Governor only, a decision that drew mixed reactions.

The DPP’s office cited abuse of bail terms as they promised to apply for harsh bail terms before the court.

Berryl Achieng
Kenyan news interests me a lot but I also keep tabs on other news making headlines in Africa and around the world.

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