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2017 KENYA ELECTIONS

Mutua’s re-election as Machakos governor upheld

Muchelule found Mutua to have been elected in a free and fair process/COURTESY

MACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 9 – The High court on Friday reaffirmed the re-election of Alfred Ng’ang’a Mutua as Machakos Governor.

Justice Aggrey Mchelule in his judgement said the petitioner, Wavinua Ndeti, failed to show beyond reasonable doubt that Mutua was not validly elected.

In his ruling, Muchelule found that Mutua’s was elected in a free, fair and credible process, reflecting the people’s will.

The petitioner, a Wiper candidate, Wavinya Ndeti filed a case on September 5, 2017 asking the court to nullify Mutua’s win on several grounds: irregular appointment of county wokers as clerks, forms 37a, 37b missing security features and 37a were not duly stamped and non-participating agents signing election forms.

Reading his judgement, Justice Muchelule found that most grounds of the petition lacked merit, were not substantiated and petitioner did not show proof, reason for her petition been struck out.

Governor Mutua had insisted that he was rightfully elected, while his bitter rival Wavinya has maintained that the August poll had massive irregularities.

The petitioner was ordered to pay all respondents Sh10 million as costs.

Mutua was declared the winner of Machakos gubernatorial seat after garnering 249,603 votes against Wavinya’s 209,141 votes.

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