, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The much-awaited ruling that pitted two Meru County Woman Representative candidates – one vying on Jubilee Party ticket and another on as an independent has been delivered.
But like pregnant clouds that promised nothing short of torrents but delivered a drizzle, is how the ruling by the Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee can be described.
On Tuesday, when the two parties made submissions before the committee through their advocates, the accusations and responses sounded like a down payment for what was going to be a ruling of the battle of the titans.
Florence Kajuju had accused her opponent Kawira Mwangaza of using Baite TV – allegedly owned by her family – to air twisted versions of her words to gain political mileage.
Sitting at IEBC offices situated at Anniversary Towers, the committee chaired by Wafula Chebukati ordered the respondent Kawira to refrain from perpetuating through her agents and representatives any broadcast prejudicial to the complainant.
“The committee, therefore, orders as following; the accused in any event to refrain from perpetuating through her agents and representatives any broadcast prejudicial to the complainant,” the committee ordered.
The committee also noted that editorial manipulation is a direct violation of electoral code and ordered Baite TV to adhere to the media guidelines and the code of conduct.
“Baite TV to desist from breach of the media guidelines and the code of conduct for media,” continued the order.
Kajuju who was overwhelmed with joy after the ruling was made said that she was happy with the ruling.
“I’m happy because the Commission has granted my request because I was seeking that Baite TV doesn’t interfere with me anymore,” said the excited Kajuju.
“That it doesn’t distort information that I’m normally giving to the electorate or manipulate it,” she added.
However, another case that also promised to grab headlines was punctured by a High Court order. A case filed by Okoth Obado against Ochillo Ayacko which was to be ruled on today was postponed until Thursday next week after the case filed by Ayacko in the High Court is determined.
The High Court had halted a case filed before the committee by Obado against Ayacko. The court restrained IEBC from hearing or ruling on that case until the matter is heard and determined.