, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 28 – The High Court has dismissed an application seeking to bar Ferdinand Waititu from Monday’s Kabete constituency by-election.
High Court judge George Odunga ruled that only the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has the authority to bar or clear candidates to vie in polls.
Benson Ritho wanted Waititu blocked from contesting the poll on grounds that he grabbed 50 acres of land in Embakasi and was using his political might to frustrate him.
He also accused Waititu of engaging in hate speech.
Waititu won the JAPs nomination with a landslide after garnering 14,696 votes against his closet rival Samuel Mburu a former Statehouse official who got 2,334 votes. Former Kikuyu MP Lewis Nguyai was third with 1,950 votes.
The Kabete seat fell vacant following the assassination of George Muchai.
Muchai was killed alongside his two bodyguards and driver in the centre of Nairobi.