Friday August 9, 2019 - Renowned columnist and scholar, Prof Makau Mutua, has lauded the High Court after it upheld a ruling that barred Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu, from office over a corruption case.

In a ruling that was celebrated by millions of Kenyans on Thursday, Justice Ngenye Macharia, said even though the Governor is presumed innocent until proven guilty, he was "morally ill" and therefore, should stay out of office and earn half his salary until the corruption case is finalised.

“In as much as they are innocent, it will be a mockery to the Constitution if such people are allowed to continue with dealing with the County jobs,” Ngenye ruled.

Mutua was among millions of Kenyans who welcomed the ruling challenging the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, to ensure that the corrupt Governor is jailed.

“The High Court has done its job and barred — suspended— Kiambu Governor Babayao from office.”

“This must become the new normal for corruption suspects.”

“Now DPP needs to prove Mr Waititu’s guilt, or the Governor walks (away scot-free),” Mutua said.


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