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Sigh Of Relief To Cherera 4 As New Petition Is Initiated To Block Their Ouster

Embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners have gained a glimmer of hope after a petition to prevent their removal was deemed urgent.

Meru County residents Philemon Munjuri, Godfrey Kinoti, and Joshua Mwirigi filed the petition in the High Court.

The three-wish conservatory orders prevent the tribunal established to investigate the commissioners from carrying out its mandate.

Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Justus Nyang'aya, and Francis Wanderi, the four, will learn their fate on Wednesday, December 14.

This came after Meru High Court Judge Edward Muriithi determined that the petition was urgent.

Through her lawyer, Cherera, she requested that the case not be enjoined, citing a similar case filed in Nairobi High Court.

"My client will be following the case on her own, not through this litigation," Cherera's lawyer Donald Kipkorir told the court.

Cherera's request was denied by Judge Muriithi, who ruled that the four commissioners would be enjoined as interested parties.

"Because this is a matter of great urgency, the court cannot issue orders lightly, either stopping the proceedings or allowing the party to leave without taking formal applications and responses," the judge ruled.

The judge also ordered the three petitioners to serve the National Assembly, the tribunal, and the Attorney General, whom they have designated as first, second, and third respondents, through their lawyer Kiogora Mugambi.

The judge will issue his decision the day before the tribunal convenes on December 15.

"We will hear motions filed on Tuesday 13 and issue our orders the following day," the judge ruled.

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