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Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura has lost his Senatorial seat after Speaker Kenneth Lusaka gazetted his position. In a gazette notice dated May, 10, 2021, Lusaka said the gazettement was in line with Article 98 (I) (d) of the constitution.
“It is notified for the information of the general public that pursuant to article 103(I) (e) (i) of the constitution section 37 of the Elections Act, the seat of Member of the Senate …. held by Hon. Isaac Mwaura Maigua became vacant with effect from May 7, 2021,” read the notice.
Senator Mwaura last week suffered a blow when the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal upheld a decision of the ruling Jubilee Party to expel him on grounds of indiscipline.
The tribunal said the party followed due process in expelling the senator and the internal mechanisms were exhausted, hence the decision could not be faulted.
Sammy Prisa Leshore has been gazetted to replace Isaac Mwaura as member to the Senate representing persons with disabilities.
In a Gazette Notice dated May 10, 2021, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said the deleted nominee (Isaac Mwaura) stands disqualified.
This is despite an interim court order that was issued on Tuesday evening against his removal.
The Milimani High Court had directed that the respondents be restrained from implementing or further acting on the judgment of the Political Parties Tribunal pending hearing and determination of the motion.
“I am also convinced that there is need to grant interim orders. Consequently, the motion dated May 11, 2021 is fixed for interpartes hearing on May 24, 2021,” Justice Joseph Sergon said
The embattled Senator complained that he was not provided with the decision of the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) to expel him before it was submitted to the National Management Committee (NMC) for ratification.
He claimed there was no evidence to support the allegations made against him.
But Jubilee Sec General Raphael Tuju said the move to expel him was because of his disloyalty to the party and violating the party’s constitution by pledging allegiance to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a party linked to Deputy President William Ruto.
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2.Vidija P. Isaac Mwaura loses senatorial seat. The Standard. Published 2021. Accessed May 12, 2021. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/politics/article/2001412534/isaac-mwaura-loses-senatorial-seat#