The Meru High Court had on May 25, 2021 referred the matter to the office of the Chief Justice, to form a bench of judges who will then determine the petition.
“It is hereby directed that the matter be heard by more than one judge and it shall henceforth be dealt with after the Chief Justice exercises mandate under articles 165(4) of the Constitution,” Justice Patrick Jeremy Otieno ruled.
Court orders on Wajir County leadership
On that day, Justice Otieno also ruled that the May 18 court order that sought to prevent Deputy Governor Ali Muktar from taking over as governor be upheld.
However, these court orders were trespassed as Muktar was sworn on the same day and took over the Wajir County leadership.
Mohamud was impeached on May 17 at the Senate, where 25 senators voted for his ouster motion, 2 voted against it and 4 abstained.
Wajir Governor’s 2017 election challenged
Mohamud’s troubles as governor began shortly after his 2017 election win, where former Governor Ahmed Abdullahi petitioned his election at the High Court.
The court nullified his election, which prompted him to refer the matter to Court of Appeal which affirmed the nullification. It was the Supreme Court that saved him, ruling that he was legally elected.
Mohamud maintains that political jostling and positioning ahead of the 2022 General Election was at the heart of his ouster.
The Council of Governors Chairperson who is Embu Governor Martin Wambora backed Mohammed.
“Senate failed to have set standards of what amounts to gross violation of the constitution. For example, in the Kirinyaga case, the Senate acquitted the Governor charged with similar violations,” Wambora said during a May 21, 2021 CoG address.