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Waiguru’s Petition Heads to Supreme Court

Narc Kenya Party leader, Martha Karua, has moved to the Supreme Court to contest court of appeal ruling that upheld the election of Kirinyaga Governor, Ann Waiguru two weeks ago.

 

Through a notice filed at the court of appeal registry in Nyeri, the Narc Kenya leader indicated she was dissatisfied with the court ruling.

 

In their ruling, appellate court judges, Gatembu Kairu, Hannah Okwengu and Roselyn Nambuye concurred with High court judge Lucy Gitari that the petition did not have merit over claims that the election of Ms. Waiguru was not free and fair.

Narc Kenya Party leader, Martha Karua,

 

Ms. Karua in her notice dated December 28, last year through lawyer Gitobu Imanyara has challenged the appellate court ruling delivered on December 20 maintaining that she was unfairly defeated.

 

Ms. Karua who is seeking nullification of Ms. Waiguru’s election, alleged that the August 8, 2017 polls were marred with massive cases of voter bribery and that her agents were barred from accessing polling stations.

 

Waiguru garnered 161,373 votes against Karua’s 122,091 votes during the August 8, 2017 polls.

 

The appellate court concurred with the High court ruling that Karua had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support her claims.

 

The bench expressed doubts why the petitioner did not have any of her agents testify despite alleging that they were barred from accessing polling stations.

 

They maintained that they could not interfere with the High court ruling dismissing her petition as it was upon her to provide evidence beyond reasonable doubt.

 

Upon hearing her petition, Justice Gitari had dismissed it as “hopelessly defective, incurable and beyond salvage.”

 

The High court in Kerugoya twice dismissed her petition prompting her to move to the appellate court.

 

 

By Samuel Waititu

 

 

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