Two to challenge Nyagarama victory in court, cite poll crimes

Two losers in the Nyamira governor race have announced plans to challenge John Nyagarama’s re-election.

Former Kitutu Masaba MP Walter Nyambati and outgoing Nyamira Senator Kennedy Okong’o want the win nullified.

The two said the election was marred by voter bribery adding that partisan county staff were engaged as poll officials.

Nyagarama retained the seat after garnering 63,949 votes against Nyambati’s 57,422. Mwancha Okioma was third with 23,515 votes.

Nyambati of Jubilee Party accused some of the IEBC staff of being compromised to tilt the results to favour his competitors.

He told journalists on Monday that his case is based on grounds that poll officials doctored North Mugirango results.

“We have evidence in support of our case and we hope justice will prevail in this case,” Nyambati said.

“The people of Nyamira deserved a chance to elect leaders in an atmosphere that is free and fair,” Okong’o, who got over 9,000 votes, said.

Lawyer Steve Mogaka will also file a petition to challenge the election of Vincent Kemosi as West Mugirango MP.

The Wiper Party candidate said the results from the constituency are not the ones declared by returning officer Samson Mayo.

“The results did not include three polling stations in my stronghold. These would have enabled me to win,” he said.

The politician further claimed his agents were bribed so as to conceal the rigging plot.

Kemosi was declared the winner with 12,004, against Mogaka’s 9,906 votes.

In Borabu constituency, Patrick Osero is also challenging the election of Ben Momanyi.

He cited violence and ballot stuffing in four polling stations in Kiabonyoru ward.

“Momanyi’s votes were inflated in the four wards. I will demand a recount.”

“My agents were beaten and chased from the polling stations,” the Jubilee Party candidate said.

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