, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21- The Jubilee Alliance has dismissed claims that it will contest the nomination of lawyer Mutula Kilonzo Jr for the Makueni senatorial by-election slated for next Friday.
Newspaper reports had suggested that the Jubilee team would go to court to bar Mutula Jr from seeking the Makueni Senate seat because he had been nominated after the timelines set by the Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
This however arose, when Wiper’s initial candidate Kethi Kilonzo was kicked out of the race at the 11th hour by the High Court, which later gave the party a chance to pick another candidate.
Wiper then settled on Mutula Jr to beat the tight timelines placed by the High Court.
“It’s highly unlikely that the Jubilee Alliance will pose a challenge to the nomination of Mutula Kilonzo Jr as the Wiper candidate for Friday’s Makueni Senate by-election,” said sources within Jubilee.
The Jubilee group added that it would not pursue the matter any further even though they did not agree with the entire ruling.
A lawyer privy to the matter said that the Jubilee side was happy that the court had locked out Kethi due to the glaring abnormalities that surrounded her registration status.
“We managed to lock out Kethi from the race due to illegalities and managed to expose hypocrisy and how conveniently some of us invoke the rule of law,” said the lawyer.
The CORD alliance had also been mulling an appeal to the High Court’s decision but no update on the matter has been forthcoming.
The High Court put the final nail on Kethi’s political coffin after it upheld a decision made by the IEBC’s dispute resolution committee which nullified her nomination for the Makueni senatorial by election.
Both the court and the IEBC committee ruled that Kethi was not a registered voter and could therefore not seek the seat.
An inquiry has also been started to investigate how Kethi came about an acknowledgement slip whose booklet was not in circulation and that bore a similar serial number to one issued to the former President Mwai Kibaki.
When the IEBC committee was hearing the petition against Kethi, the Director of Voter Registration Immaculate Kasait said that Kethi’s slip had been stolen and was among four that were missing from the IEBC.
Findings of the inquiry will most definitely be something that will once again grab the nation’s headlines and once again put Kethi in the limelight.