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11 governor losers to contest results in court

Numerous court battles by politicians who lost in the General Election are expected as they attempt to stay out of the cold for the next five years.

At least 11 governor candidates who have indicated they would challenge their rivals’ win.

They cited irregularities during the voting and tallying of votes.

They include Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero (ODM) who lost to JP’s Mike Sonko, Meru’s Peter Munya (PNU) who lost to JP’s Kiraitu Murungi, Taita Taveta’s John Mruttu (ODM) who lost to Wiper’s Granton Samboja and Kajiado’s David Nkedianye (ODM) who lost to JP’s Joseph ole Lenku.

Others are Nyamira’s Walter Nyambati (JP), who was defeated by incumbent John Nyagarama (ODM) and Turkana Senator John Munyes (JP), who failed to defeat incumbent Josphat Nanok (ODM).

The others are Kisii Senator Chris Obure (JP), who was defeated by incumbent James Ongwae (ODM), and Kakai Bisau (JP) who was beaten by Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba of Ford Kenya.

Embu Maendeleo Chap Chap governor candidate Lenny Kivuti has already filed a petition under a certificate of urgency to stop the IEBC from gazetting incumbent Martin Wambora as the winner.

Kivuti claims he won in the tight race, but the results were altered in favour of Wambora. “Ballot papers for Runyenjes have been tampered with. Some boxes had water,” Kivuti said.

Also likely to challenge their losses in court are Machakos Wiper candidate Wavinya Ndeti, who lost to incumbent Alfred Mutua of MCC and former Ambassador to Tanzania Chirau Mwakwere, defeated by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya.

Before the election, Chief Justice David Maraga asked candidates dissatisfied with results to file petitions in court.

He said the judiciary is prepared to efficiently and expeditiously resolve the disputes.

“I will, if necessary, allow our judicial officers to work outside the official hours — into the night and through weekends — to ensure we keep to the constitutional timelines without compromising on the quality of rulings,” Maraga said.

Munya refused to concede, arguing the results were “computer-generated” to favour Kiraitu and pledged to challenge the outcome in court. He said, “We are going to join forces with other Kenyans in restoring democracy.”

On Sunday Kidero said he is gathering evidence on election irregularities to challenge Sonko’s win.

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