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Court dismisses with costs case challenging nomination and appointment of Nyamira DG

A petition that was filed challenging the nomination and appointment of Dr James Gesami as Nyamira County Deputy Governor has been dismissed by the Nyamira High Court.

The petition was filed on March 8, 2021, by resident Patrick Atambo, the ruling was delivered on Thursday 22 July 2021 electronically at the Nyamira High Court.

An order was issued on May 27, 2021 hours to the second vetting of Dr Gesami by the County Assembly’s appointment committee.

“It is hereby ordered that the interim conservatory order be and is hereby issued staying the process of nomination and or processing a nominee to the office of the Deputy Governor, the County Government of Nyamira pending the hearing and determination of the application,” stated the initial order.

At first, the order had sunk the hopes of the ex-West Mugirango legislator of becoming Deputy Governor in the Amos Nyaribo led county government as the  2022 polls draw close.

However, the Thursday ruling will be fresh hope for Gesami even as he is taking up on other roles as the special programmes advisor in the county government after the case was dismissed by the court.

“I am also persuaded that the grant of a conservatory order would serve the public interest, as in my view that interest would be served by a purposive interpretation of the law as opposed to a narrow and a restrictive interpretation,” stated part of the ruling that was issued by Nyamira High Court Judge Esther Maina.

This ruling now means Nyaribo will have to submit Gesami name again for fresh vetting and appointment as the Deputy Governor after being without a deputy since he assumed office as governor in January.

By Darlington Mose

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