Chiloba risks six month jail for court contempt

Written By: Ben Chumba


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba risks a six month jail term if found in contempt of court.

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Transcend Media wants Chiloba fined or committed to civil jail for defying a court order to pay 150 million shillings for advertising services the offered to the commission during the 2013 general elections.

In a suit by Transcend Media, the communications agency argues that despite numerous demands and notice of intention to execute the orders, IEBC has either refused, failed or declined to settle the 150 million shillings owed to them.

In a certificate of urgency the company claims that twenty one days have lapsed since IEBC was served and is yet to honor the payment.

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The company now want IEBC compelled to pay the sum, costs and interest in compliance with high court ruling failure to which the CEO Ezra Chiloba be jailed for a period of six months.

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Meanwhile, High court Judge George Odunga has ordered Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to pay a sum of 264 million shillings to Nairobi lawyer Prof Tom Ojienda.

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Prof Ojienda sued the Nairobi county administration over unpaid dues owed to him following legal work done for City Hall in 2014.Sonko’s administration had challenged the suit arguing the fees were accumulated by the previous administration.

And seven Nairobi county government employees believed to be part of a gang that terrorizes hawkers in the city have been charged with robbery with violence.

John Ndukuyu, Maurice Kisoi, David Ndome, Wambwoba Maruti, Philomen Kimei, Peter Gitau and Berbard Kogi are accused of robbing hawkers in Eastleigh and Ngara areas.

They allegedly stole properties worth 300,000 shillings and cash from their victims. The suspects were arrested by Flying Squad officers on Sunday night. They were released on a cash bail of 100,000 shillings each.

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And finally former Gatundu North Member of Parliament Clement Kungu Waibara has suffered a legal setback in his quest to challenge the Gatundu North parliamentary election after the high court expunged from record ten affidavits he had filed before the court.

Justice Joel Ngugi in his ruling said the ten affidavits were filed after the petition and without the leave of the court contrary to the law.



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