The Kakamega High Court has restrained Amani National Congress from interfering with duties of a Member of County Assembly, Jackline Mwakha.
Issuing the order, Chief Magistrate, Bildad Ochieng, directed that no party should interfere with duties of Ms. Mwakha in her capacity as the MCA and as the elected minority whip of Kakamega County Assembly.
The court ordered ANC to file a response to the MCA who had sued the Party’s Secretary General, Barrack Muluka and Kakamega County Assembly’s Speaker, Morris Buluma for suspending her.
Ochieng, also extended orders barring the Speaker from suspending Ms Mwakha before the petition is heard and determined.
He asked the respondents to file responses by April 10th when the case will be mentioned.
Last March 15, ANC ward representatives met and elected Ms Mwakha as the Minority chief whip replacing, Geoffrey Obonyo who was dismissed from the position.
Mwakha then wrote a letter to the Secretary General and informed him of the change sparking a dispute with Mr. Muluka who strongly opposed the move.
Consequently Muluka wrote to the Speaker, urging him to ignore the proposed leadership changes insisting that leadership changes could only be conducted in meetings involving top party organs and the secretariat.
He also informed the Assembly Speaker that he had suspended Ms Mwakha in accordance with the party disciplinary measures.
“You have attempted to get things your way through use of violence and intimidation and deliberately undermined the party’s aims and objectives,” Muluka’s letter read in part.
By Bantaleo Muhindi