Major Setback for Mutua in Election Petition

SUMMARY

  • Governor Mutua’s victory in the August 8 elections was challenged in court by his close rival Wavinya Ndeti
  • Wavinya Ndeti claimed the election was a sham
  • Governor Mutua insists he won the elections fairly

 

By Wambui Pauline

​A court has terminated Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua’s submission to have an election petition filed by Former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti dropped.

The leader of Maendeleo Chap Chap had asked the court to dump the application on the grounds that it had massive shortcomings.

The governor has insisted that he won the seat in a free and fair manner.  In a sworn affidavit, the governor’s lawyer said that he was elected together with his deputy, and thus they cannot be separated.

“This is incurable and fatally defective since Article 180(5) of the Constitution mandates a county governor to nominate a qualified person to be elected as a deputy governor,” the lawyers submitted, as quoted by Kenyans.co.ke.

The complainant’s side told the court that the court that the exercise was marred by all sorts of illegalities and irregularities that saw the governor retain his post.

The Wiper candidate argues that Mutua, who has been supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta for his second term, does not deserve to be in office.

She opines that the election outcome does not reflect the will of the people of Machakos. She further said that the votes counted were more than those cast.

 

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