Friday, December 20, 2019 - Governors facing corruption charges have been dealt a major blow after the Court of Appeal upheld Justice Mumbi Ngugi's landmark ruling that Governors facing graft charges should be barred from accessing their offices.

Court of Appeal Judge, Jamila Mohammed, ruled on Friday that the High Court ruling was constitutional because the Governor’s seat was not vacated while referring to the case of Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal which limited access to his office.

Governors Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu) and Mike Sonko (Nairobi) had sought the Appellate Court's reprieve to gain access to their offices.
“It does not amount to his removal from office….I agree it only amounted to a constrictive measure."

“Neither the judge or the magistrate purported to remove him from office."

"He’s still the Governor."

“The Judge can’t be accused of having removed him from office,” Justice Jamila Mohammed said.

“On whether the cash bail granted is harsh, setting of bail is a discretion of the court."

"We have no basis of faulting the judge."

"We dismiss the appeal,” she added.

In July, Justice Ngugi ruled that elected officials cannot continue to attend to office functions when facing corruption related charges.

Previously, Governors charged with an offense would plead not guilty, secure release by paying cash bail, and then return to their normal lives.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.

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