Kiambu Law courts on Thursday witnessed a beehive of activities in readiness for the anticipated swearing in of Dr.James Nyoro as Governor of Kiambu County following the impeachment of Ferdinand Waititu by senate last night.
Mr. Waititu had earlier been impeached by the County assembly of Kiambu for tender manipulation which led to the loss of 580 million shillings , abuse of office and illegal transferring of two 100 million worth of properties belonging to a widow, Cecilia Mbugua in Thika to his wife.
High court Judge Justice John Onyiego arrived at the law courts as early as 8.30a.m and was ushered into the chambers of the chief magistrate Ms Patriciah Gichohi for processing of the paperwork.
The speaker of the County assembly of Kiambu Bishop Stephen Ndichu, Kiambu police commander Ali Nuno and Kiambu County commissioner Mr.Wilson Wanyanga congregated at the high court chambers and held a consultation meeting which lasted for about one hour.
All this time, activities at the office of the Governor were similarly progressing as members of the public attempted to access the premises in vain.
As the crowd continued to surge, security was reinforced and anybody without business in the premises was not allowed in. Members of the media who arrived late at the venue were not spared the embarrassment as they too were locked out.
The security team led by the police commander went to the swearing venue and later returned to the law courts where they held a second meeting to the chagrin of the members of the public who started milling outside the law courts. Members of the public literally blocked the gate and as they attempted to become chaotic, a contingent of security personnel arrived and thwarted any attempt to disrupt peace.
By 1.00 p.m., the press team which had grown impatient as they waited for the function to take off also sped after the Judicial motorcade as crowds were spotted milling in numbers along the street.
By the time of going to press at 2.20 p.m., Dr.Nyoro had not been sworn in.
Outside the governor’s office, impatient members of the public demanded to be allowed to witness the swearing in on account that they were the voters.
By Lydia Shiloya