Civil Corruption

Governor Wambora sues Embu MCAs over revenue collection tussle

Hon Lady Justice Florence Muchemi

The embattled Embu governor Hon. Martin Wambora, has sued the Embu County Assembly. The governor is challenging a resolution made by the assembly that suspended revenue collection in Embu County until all officials who are accused of corruption stepped aside to pave way for investigations.

The resolution impedes the executive from collecting levies on traders. The motion was moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Newton Kariuki, who termed Governor Wambora’s disrespect of the legislature as deliberate as he has severally refused to implement many county assembly’s resolutions.

In the petition lodged before the Embu High Court, the county boss sought a conservatory order to have the implementation of the assembly’s resolution halted.

A sworn affidavit by Mr Wambora contends that if the resolution by the assembly was to be implemented then operations of the county government will grind to a halt.

He urged the court to certify his petition as urgent therefore it should be heard and concluded in the shortest time possible.

Embu county assembly speaker Josiah Thiriku and the Clerk Jim Kauma have been listed as second and third respondents.

Also, three chief officers, Ruth Ndirangu, Jane Ndegi and Mary Mercy Wanja who serve in the governors administration have been enjoined as interested parties in the case.

In the ruling made by Hon. Lady Justice Florence Muchemi, a conservatory order was issued restraining both the Embu County Public service Board and the County Secretary Jason Nyaga or any of their agents from implementing the resolution made by the assembly pending hearing and determination of the suit.

The case is scheduled for hearing on November 14, 2019.

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