Meru court. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

By Salim Mutuma

Four nominated MCAs whose swearing in had been stopped by Meru High Court over discrimination against persons living with disabilities have been sworn in.

The four who had been nominated to represent youth and the marginalised are Catherine Kamathi, Edith Makena, Benson Kiriinya and Kenneth Maingi.

Activist Salesio Thuranira got orders from the Court requiring the Assembly Clerk not to preside over the swearing of the four.

The clerk is said to have defied the order as had not been served by the time the swearing in of the MCAs commenced leaving him with no basis of blocking them from taking oath of office.

Justice Edward Murithi issued the orders about 20 minutes before the inaugural event for the MCAs started.

The activist reportedly found the clerk already in the House and therefore could have not disrupted the ongoing proceedings.

Mr Thuranira had argued in his application that the electoral agency discriminated Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) who comprise a good percentage of the entire Meru population.

“The County Assembly contains a good number of youthful elected persons hence this group has good representation and does not warrant more top up through nomination of marginalized persons,” his application read in part.

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