Embu Governor Martin Wambora, his staff and county administration officers yesterday fled from their offices to avoid receiving court papers.
Senator Lenny Kivuti (pictured), who narrowly lost to Wambora by 985 votes, filed the petition.
Embu resident judge Florence Muchemi on Tuesday directed Kivuti’s lawyers to serve Wambora and the parties in the case with the papers yesterday.
The hearing was set for today. Wambora will be sworn in tomorrow.
The offices of the governor and county secretary Wilson Gitonga remained closed.
Sources told the Star this was to frustrate Kivuti’s petition.
The AP officers refused to take the court papers. Kivuti has filed the constitutional petition to protect the governor ballot papers and forms 37A and 37B from tampering.
He says the forms were tampered with to deny him victory.
Kivuti had asked the court to stop the gazettement of Wambora as governor and his swearing-in until the case is heard and determined.
Muchemi, however, declined and directed him to file his complaint before an election court.
In the hotly contested election Wambora, who defended his seat on the Jubilee Party ticket, got 97,760 votes against Kivuti’s 96,775.
Kivuti ran on the Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket. World Bank consultant Kithinji Kiragu of PNU garnered 50,440 votes.