Group seeking dissolution of GCOE moves to court

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By NJ Correspondent:

Mandera leaders

Mandera leaders at a past function. Only Senator Billow Kerrow has accepted a decision by the Garre council of elders to rotate elective posts, sending home all incumbent elected leaders from the Garre community.

A group of Mandera County residents opposed to the Garre Council of Elders (GCOEs) have moved to court in a bid to have the council dissolved.

Filed a under a certificate of urgency, the case will have its notice of motion come up for hearing on Thursday before Justice E. Muriithi.

The aggrieved parties have already served the GCOE hearing notices of the petition case through a letter dated November 23 drafted by their lawyers Maina Muchiri and Company advocates.

Sources indicate the aggrieved parties want the council disbanded, the Garre charter dissolved all bank accounts operated by the council frozen.

The elders came under fire after they sent packing all elected politicians in Mandera County from the Garre community including Governor Ali Roba in their preferred line-up for the 2017 polls.

Governor Roba has distanced himself from the decision breaking ranks with the elders’ council.

He has since been joined by members of parliament who were also sent packing alonsiden him and 18 members of County assembly.

It is not however clear whether the aggrieved politicians were behind the latest attempt to silence the elders although sources indicate Roba’s sister was among the petitioners in the latest court case.

 

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