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New bench formed to hear Karua’s appeal against Waiguru

The appeal will now be heard in Nairobi by judges Roselyn Nambuye, Hannah Okwengu and Gatembu Kairu after Justices Fatuma Sichale and Sankale Ole Kantai recused themselves from hearing the case citing close links with Karua/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 – A new bench has been appointed to hear an appeal by Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua.

The appeal will now be heard in Nairobi by judges Roselyn Nambuye, Hannah Okwengu and Gatembu Kairu after Justices Fatuma Sichale and Sankale Ole Kantai recused themselves from hearing the case citing close links with Karua.

When the parties appeared before the new bench on Tuesday, Karua and her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara asked to be allowed to produce additional evidence in the appeal.

The application was however opposed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

According to Waiguru, the application seeks to introduce new evidence and the result would alter the appeal.

The judges directed that the application be heard separately from the main appeal on August 13.

Karua lost the election to Waiguru on August 8, but she was not satisfied and challenged the outcome.

This is the second time she is filing an appeal.

Her case was first dismissed early this year, but the Court of Appeal overturned the decision and ordered the petition to be heard afresh.

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