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Speaker in trouble over vacant seat

Charles Ronald
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Wajir Speaker Ibrahim Yakub. [Source/Ibrahim Yakub]

Wajir Speaker Ibrahim Yakub has been summoned in court after he failed to declare a seat vacant.

Speaker Yakub was directed to declare the Buna Batalu seat vacant after the court nullified the election of Mr Ibrahim Noor Hussein.

Senior Resident Magistrate Amos Makoros made the ruling on February 2, this year and had given Speaker Yakub 21 days to declare the seat vacant.

The court further directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to hold fresh elections after the seat is declared vacant.

Speaker Yakub is however yet to declare the seat vacant forcing a section of leaders to move to court.

The complainant, Hassan Jimal Abdi, filed the application in court seeking orders to compel the Speaker to declare the seat vacant.

According to, Magistrate Makoros wrote a letter to Speaker Yakub over the matter after he declared the election of Mr Hussein null and void on grounds that the election was neither free nor fair.

In the letter dated February 8, Magistrate Makoros termed the matter urgent and ordered him to appear in court to show why he should not be committed to civil jail.

The case will be heard on February 22.

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