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LATEST: Machakos Governor Mutua’s Victory Upheld

Justice Muchelule Said the Petition Lacked Merit

 

  • Machakos High Court on Friday upheld the election of Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua due to lack of solid evidence in the case.
  • Ndeti had alleged that the Machakos Governor election was marred with irregularities and that IEBC declared Mutua the winner of the Governor seat mistakenly.

Machakos High Court on Friday upheld the election of Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. Justice Aggrey Muchelule ruled that the petition filed by Mutua’s opponent Wavinya Ndeti lacked merit . “The petition lacks merit…the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted a free, fair and credible election,” Judge Muchelule said.

Apparently, Ndeti had alleged that the Machakos Governor election was marred with irregularities and that IEBC declared Mutua the winner of the Governor seat mistakenly. Additionally she argued that Governor Mutua used county resources including vehicles and funds to campaign for his re-election, which contravened election laws whereby she wanted Mutua’s win annulled and a fresh election ordered by the court.

However, defending himself Mutua had asked a court to throw out the petition since allegations were not based on facts. The governor, who won on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket, refuted Ndeti’s allegations of illegalities who insisted he was not elected validly.

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Similarly, during cross-examination by Ndeti’s lawyer, Mutua had also denied claims that he used county government resources for his campaign. “I was not responsible for appointing party agents; that was the party secretariat,” Mutua said.

On the August 8th general elections Dr. Mutua garnered 249,954 votes against Ndeti’s 209,233 thus declared the winner by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Official. The Judge in his ruling stated that Wavinya’s petition lacked solid evidence thus dismissed it. Wavinya was ordered to pay a cost of Ksh10, million. However, Ndeti has 14 days to appeal the ruling in the Court of Appeal incase she was not satisfied with Justice Muchelule’s verdict.

Governor Mutua has become among those governors whose victory have been upheld following lack of solid evidence from their petitioners, after Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s win was upheld by a Kisumu court.

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