Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua can now breathe a sigh of relief after he obtained orders stopping his imminent arrest.
The governor was to be arrested for allegedly flouting procurement regulations; he bought his county chiefs Subaru Outback vehicles and a Land Cruiser.
Three Court of Appeal judges, led by GBM Kariuki, granted him the orders on Wednesday April 13 and set a hearing for next Monday.
DPP Keriako Tobiko last week issued orders to arrest Mutua and charge him over the procurement of 15 Subaru Outbacks and a Toyota Land Cruiser.
The High Court had also allowed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to prosecute the Governor over the allegations.
Justice Isaac Lenaola said Mutua had not made a strong case against his prosecution.
The vehicles, second-hand Subaru Outbacks, bought at Xtreme Auto in Valley Arcade, Nairobi, were meant for the executive committee.
Mutua said his arrest over the matter was unlawful. He said his right to hold office is likely to be infringed if he is questioned by the EACC.
Through lawyer John Nyamu, the Governor said there would be no prejudice in stopping the EACC from investigating him.
He said the acquisition was done during the exit of local authorities and entry of county governments in 2013.