Othaya by-election set for April 29

March 10, 2014 5:28 pm


Wambui lost an appeal lodged by Peter King'ara/FILE
Wambui lost an appeal lodged by Peter King’ara/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Voters in Othaya Constituency go back to the polls on April 29 after the Court of Appeal nullified the March 4, 2013 election of Mary Wambui as Member of Parliament.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced on Monday that independent candidates will be required to submit symbols by Tuesday, March 11.

Political parties will be required to submit their nominees for the mini-poll by March 27.

Wambui this time enjoys the added support of a section MPs from the opposition Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) who came out to state that they will join her campaign to ensure she is back in the Eleventh Parliament.

Last Wednesday, Wambui stood up in Parliament to assure her colleagues that her time from the House was temporary.

“Thank You Mr Speaker Sir, first of all I say thank you to all members of this House because they supported me and I know God is going to bless them,” she said amidst applause from MPs in the House. “And also I thank the Othaya people because I know they are standing with me.”

She is expected to face stiff challenge for The National Alliance (TNA) ticket.

While nullifying her election, Appellate judges Alnashir Visram, Otieno Odek and Martha Koome faulted Murang’a High Court Judge Jairus Ngaah for upholding Wambui’s election.

They ruled that Justice Ngaah’s verdict did not reflect the legitimate aspirations of the Othaya electorate, as he did not adequately interrogate evidence discrediting Wambui’s win.

Wambui was represented in the petition by lawyer Cecil Miller.


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