The High Court has temporarily stopped the swearing in of Anne Kananu Mwenda as Nairobi Governor pending the hearing of a petition filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

The court has directed that the matter be forwarded to the acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu who is expected to assign the case to a bench of an un-even number of at least three judges.

“Pending further orders of a multi bench and with the view of maintaining the prevailing status quo, a temporary injuction is hereby issued restraining the respondents, their agents and or servants from swearing in as Governor of Nairobi County pending hearing of the application,” reads the court order.

The order comes after Kananu on Monday took over as Acting Governor from Speaker Benson Mutura who was holding the position following the impeachment of Mike Sonko.