Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro has been sworn in as the governor.
Nyoro officially takes over the mantle from embattled Ferdinand Waititu who was impeached on Wednesday by the Senate.
In a colorful ceremony held at the County Headquarters, Nyoro took the oath of office amid jubilation from his supporters.
Nyoro becomes the third governor to serve Kiambu county under the new constitution.
There was tight security in Kiambu County Headquarters ahead of James Nyoro’s swearing as the governor.
Armed policemen were seen all over the place as residents sang and danced in the event that is about to kick off.
Invited guests were already seated by 12pm and were eagerly waiting for the ceremony to kick off.
By 12.59 pm, Nyoro had been handed his certificate as the residents broke down in song and dance.
Meanwhile, Waitutu’s efforts to block the swearing-in were dealt a blow after the High Court declined to grant him his prayers.
Justice Justice Weldon Korir maintained the parties should appear on Monday before Justice James Makau for hearing inter parties as had earlier been directed.
“The act of a judge swearing-in of a governor is deemed to be a judicial function. This court will be overstepping its mandate by ordering the judge not to proceed with the swearing-in. In the circumstances, the order cannot be issued”
Waititu was impeached on three charges, all of which were upheld.
The first charge was gross violation of the Constitution, Public Finance Management Act and PPD Act.
For this charge, 27 senators upheld the charge, while 12 voted in the governor’s favor.
In the second charge – crimes under the national law, 28 senators upheld the charge, while 11 voted to drop the charge.
In the third charge – abuse of office – 28 voted to uphold the charge, while 11 voted to drop it.