Two Mombasa officials risk losing jobs for disregarding the court

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Two Mombasa officials risk losing jobs for disregarding the court


Judge Eric Ogola. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • Two high-ranking officials in the Mombasa district government risk losing their public offices for persistent disregard for the court.
  • Judge Eric Ogola has given Mombasa County’s Finance and Economic Planning Committee member Mariam Mbaruk and her Chief Officer Aisha Abdi one last chance to appear in court to prove why it shouldn’t make a decision about their Chapter 6 disregard.

Two high-ranking officials in the Mombasa district government risk losing their public offices for persistent disregard for the court.

Judge Eric Ogola has given Mombasa County Committee Member-Finance and Economic Planning Mariam Mbaruk and her Chief Officer Aisha Abdi one last chance to appear in court to show why and whether there should be no decision on their Chapter 6 disregard they should continue to hold public office.

“Aisha Abdi and Mariam Mbaruk … they have shown the most despicable attitudes towards the rule of law, they have defied court orders to appear (in court) on several occasions,” said Judge Ogola.

The judge ordered the two officers to appear in court on Wednesday with or without their attorneys and also overturned an order suspending the execution of arrest warrants against them for their continued disobedience to court orders.

“In addition to the defendants (Ms. Abdi and Ms. Mbaruk) attending this court, they should also be arrested and detained under the orders issued on May 5 and June 29,” said Judge Ogola.

The two officers were sentenced in absentia to 60 days’ imprisonment for disregard of the court after failing to appear in court prior to sentencing to mitigate the sentence.

Ms. Abdi and Ms. Mbaruk’s conviction followed their disregard conviction following a motion by Coastal Bottlers Ltd, which paid Sh963,361 from the county government.

In their motion to have the arrest warrants reversed, the two officers said they had paid the money in the meantime and settled the costs ordered.

“These debts come from the time of the municipality (council) as part of the legal fees and have therefore never been recorded in the various budgets of the Mombasa district government,” the application says.

In his ruling convicting the two officers, Judge Ogola said her argument was not a sufficient reason to postpone the payment for nearly ten years.

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