NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – The nomination of Jennifer Shamalla to the National Assembly by the Jubilee Party has been upheld.
Judge Martha Mutuku declared that Shamalla’s nomination was valid and exonerated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party from blame following her nomination to represent marginalised groups.
According to the judge, no law was violated by the political party in picking the lawyer.
As a result, justice Mutuku threw out an application by former IEBC Commissioner Aden Noor Ali contesting her nomination.
While delivering the ruling, Judge Mutuku said “no evidence was adduced to support the claims by the petitioner. Consequently, the court concludes that the respondent was validly nominated.”
The court also rejected assertions by Noor that the Chairperson of Parliamentary Service Commission disobeyed a directive by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) not to gazette Shamalla until matters to do with her nomination are resolved.
Noor had challenged Shamalla’s nomination by JP to represent special interests of marginalised groups.
He wanted her name substituted with his insisting that he is from the minority Somali community while she is from the majority Luhya and represents no known special interests.