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Olekina slapped with more costs as Tunai petition thrown out

Governor Tunai had won the petition in two lower courts. Photo/ FILE

Governor Tunai had won the petition in two lower courts. Photo/ FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 8 – The Supreme Court has thrown out a case lodged there by Ladema Olekina following an unsuccessful challenge of the election of Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai before the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Olekina moved to the Supreme Court after losing previous cases in the two other courts but when he did so, he withdrew his appeal on merit, and instead challenged previous rulings that he meets costs of the suits.

The Supreme Court has however ruled that it has no jurisdiction to determine his challenge to costs, saying that under the law, “costs follow an event.”

The fact that he dropped his initial challenge to Tunai’s election and only wanted the orders on costs determined by the Supreme Court, meant that his application had failed.

The Supreme Court ruled that for the avoidance of doubt, the orders of the High Court and Court of Appeal upholding Tunai’s election stood and that Olekina would also meet the costs of the suit before the highest court in the land.

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