Barely six hours after news of losing his seat hit the headlines, embattled senator Isaac Mwaura is temporarily back in the senate after a court order. This follows a high-level political engagement last night, between senior political operatives close to DP William Ruto and their allies in the judiciary.
”It is notified for the information of the public that pursuant to Article103 (1) (e) (i) of the Constitution and section 37 of the Elections Act, the seat of the Member of the Senate elected under Article 98 (1) (d) of the Constitution and held by Hon. Isaac Mwaura Maigua became vacant, with effect from the 7th May, 2021,” a notice from Speaker of the Senate declaring Senator Mwaura’s seat vacant read.
Last night, DP Ruto convened a meeting of his politburo in Karen, with two retired senior judges to block Senator Mwaura’s removal. Leaders at the meeting were Uasin Gishu Wome Rep Gladys Shollei, Senators Isaac Mwaura (nominated), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Samson Cheragei(Nandi), and Irungu Kangata (Muranga).
”The meeting identified a friendly judge. Mwaura was told to vote Yes purposely. They knew his vote was valid and that his expulsion was going to be repulsed. DP wants to paint Uhuru as a thankless and dictatorial leader turning against his own people,” a source confided to this writer.
Hours after Speaker Lusaka’s declaration, J.K Sergon of Milimani Law Courts issued an injunction restraining implementation of the judgement of the Political Parties Tribunal, expelling Senator Mwaura from the Jubilee Party, that was issued on May 7th, until the case is heard and determined.
”Pending the interparty hearing of the motion dated May 11, 2021 an order for stay of further implementation of the Gazette Notice number 4597…dated and issued on May 10 by the third respondent.
“I am also convinced that there is a need to grant interim orders Consequently, the motion dated May 11, 2021 is fixed for interparty hearing on May 24, 2021,” the judge ruled.”
Overpowered by Uhuru and Raila’s men in both the Senate and National Assembly, DP Ruto has found allies in the Judiciary to help him counter punches-swinging Uhuru Kenyatta.