Senator Kindiki joins team of lawyers appealing nullification of Igambang’ombe Sub County


By Denis Mutua

Worth Noting:

  • “We have also been tirelessly working for Tharaka Central Sub County to have Marimanti and Chiakariga divided and Muthambi Sub County. We would also want Chuka be further split since our population is increasing for us to have more resources to better our people,’’ Kindiki said.
  • In its ruling, the Chuka court argued that there was no public participation before the request for the new Sub County was made, and also cited missing I.D card numbers for some residents whose names were appearing having endorsed the acquisitions of the new Sub County.

Tharaka Nithi senator and a law professor Kithuure Kindiki will now join a team of lawyers appealing nullification of Igambang’ombe Sub County issuance in the county to ensure the already coded unit does not disappear in thin air.

Speaking, Kindiki said the ruling came as a surprise to leaders and residents, terming it as a great loss not to only people of the affected region but the entire Tharaka Nithi County.

He said Sub Counties are vital in distribution of resources by national government including recruitments of various posts and thus the nullification of the new unit is a great blow to the constituents who stood to benefit.

Kindiki said even other counties are on the run seeking more sub counties and therefore it such a disappointment for the people of Tharaka Nithi to lose the new born sub county when other counties are looking for such.

The Tharaka Nithi senator revealed several other Sub counties that together with other leaders he has been working on attaining in the county, efforts which he said might be hampered by the ruling.

“We have also been tirelessly working for Tharaka Central Sub County to have Marimanti and Chiakariga divided and Muthambi Sub County. We would also want Chuka be further split since our population is increasing for us to have more resources to better our people,’’ Kindiki said.

In its ruling, the Chuka court argued that there was no public participation before the request for the new Sub County was made, and also cited missing I.D card numbers for some residents whose names were appearing having endorsed the acquisitions of the new Sub County.

In additional, the court claimed that the sub county’s population is not sufficient to make a constituency which can enable it become a constituency in future.

It is after the ruling that Kindiki said he will work with other lawyers and stake holders in appealing the ruling to have it overturned for the constituents to benefit.

“I have consulted with the government officers involved in the case including the county commissioner, state counsel and community lawyers in appealing the case  immediately and I have no doubt that we will win the appeal,’’ he said.

Apart from residents benefiting, Kindiki said other reasons prompting them to appeal the ruling is to avoid the ruling being used to nullify other issued Sub counties  instance whose population don’t quality them to be constituencies like Tigania Central in Meru County and Thagichu sub county in Kitui County.

According to Kindiki, the same ruling if not appealed may see other Counties looking for new Sub counties denied the units in such incidences.

As the appeal kicks off, he said they will ask the court to block the ruling from being executed until the appeal case is heard and determined.

The case challenging Igambang’ombe Sub County was filed by individuals who claimed that the Sub county boundaries was crossing over to Chuka side a thing that Kindiki said that a sub county is issued according to inhabitants of a place and not on boundary aspects.

He urged residents to remain calm as they appeal the case which he assured that like he has succeeded in all his cases including that nullified the BBI, he will too win the appeal.

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