Council of Governors (CoG) has now come out explicitly to disown Ahmed Ali Muktar as the Wajir County Governor.
Speaking to journalists after concluding a council meeting in Nairobi yesterday, the governors and the impeached Mohamed Abdi Mohamud cited a directive by the High Court in Meru that Mr Mohamud remains in office until the case filed on his removal is heard and determined.
The CoG chairman Martin Wambora expressed dissatisfaction with the manner Mr Mohamud was removed from office.
“The council notes the orders by the High Court that reaffirmed the position of Wajir Governor Mohamed Mohamud. His case is to be affirmed by the Court of Appeal,” Mr Wambora, who is also the Embu governor, said.
He said the reasons of Mr Mohamud’s impeachment did not meet the legal threshold adding that the Constitution requires that violations warranting an impeachment must be weighty
Mr Mohamud said he would continue performing his duties as Wajir governor arguing that the High Court directed that he remain in office.
“The Court said I should remain in office. That is what I intend to do. There are no two centres of power in Wajir. A three-judge bench will be constituted to deal with the case,” he said.
Mr Mohamud accused the Executive of not acting on a May 18 High Court order, which he said suspended the gazette notice on the decision by the Senate to impeach him.
Asked if he is still operating from the governor’s office in Wajir, Mr Mohamud said: “We have access to the office. All of us, myself and the other one.”
However, when pressed to give details on the office he occupies and the one used by Mr Muktar, he was non-committal.
Mr Mohamud also dismissed the reshuffling of Wajir executives by Governor Muktar.