By Victoria Magar
Former Samburu Senator Sammy Leshore has been gazetted as Isaac Mwaura’s replacement in the Senate, in a gazette notice by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission -IEBC, Leshore takes over as Jubilee Party’s nominated Senator.
“The deleted nominee stands disqualified as the member to the Senate representing persons with disabilities,” read part of the notice by Chairman Wafulka Chebukati. In February 2000, Leshore survived narrowly after gunmen opened fire on his vehicle with Mohammed Shidiye, KTN reported.
Leshore comes back after Mwaura was expelled from the party on grounds of disloyalty, a move sealed by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka. On Tuesday, May 11, Mwaura obtained a court order barring implementation of his removal until his petition is determined.
“It is notified for the information of the general public that pursuant to Article 103 (1) (e) (i) of the Constitution and section 37 of the Elections Act, the seat of the Member of the Senate elected under Article 98 (1) (d) of the Constitution and held by Hon. Isaac Mwaura Maigua became vacant, with effect from the 7th May, 2021,” read the Gazette notice signed by Lusaka.
He and colleagues Mary Seneta, Falhada Iman, Naomi Waqo, Victor Prengei and Millicent Omanga had appeared before the party’s disciplinary committee on two occasions where they faced charges of insubordination and misconduct.
They were expelled by the National Management Committee after members deliberated on reports submitted by the Party Disciplinary Committee over alleged gross violations of party rules.
Mwaura was nominated by Jubilee Party in 2017 and was serving his first term only to switch allegiance to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), associated with Deputy President William Ruto.
The tribunal said the Jubilee disciplinary committee did not summon the senators, but instead they appeared before the party organ believing that the complaints against them had been dropped.The PPDT, in its ruling, noted that it was unfair for the ruling party not to give the six an opportunity to defend themselves.
The Elections Act is not clear on what happens in the event a nominated member’s seat becomes vacant. The law states that party lists submitted to the commission shall be valid for the term of Parliament.
The Act further observes that a party-list submitted for such purposes shall not be amended during the term of Parliament.