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Supreme Court upholds Dr Alfred Mutua’s election

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The Supreme Court has upheld the election of governors Dr Alfred Mutua of Machakos county, Salim Mvurya of Kwale county, and  Martin Nyaga Wambora of Embu county.

Governor Mutua’s election had been nullified by the appellate court following a petition by his rival, former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti.

Ms Ndeti had convinced the Court of Appeal that the Machakos governorship results were manipulated to favor her competitor.

However, the apex court ruled Friday that the Appeal Court erred in nullifying Mutua’s victory.

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Meanwhile, an election petition challenging Mvurya’s election was dismissed again, this time by the Supreme Court.

Mvurya’s election was initially challenged by a petitioner Mwamlole Tchapu Mbwana but later withdrew.

In November 2017, High Court Judge Mugure Thande struck out the case saying Mwamlole had not followed due election petitions rules.

However, three voters Suleiman Mwamlole Warrakah, Mwarapayo Wa-Mwachai and Matsudzo Hamisi Mwamrez moved to the Supreme Court seeking nullification of Mvurya’s victory citing irregularities.

Elsewhere, the Supreme Court has upheld the court of appeal verdict nullifying the election of Ugenya MP Chris Karan.

The apex Court ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct a fresh parliamentary election in Ugenya Constituency.

However, it was reprieve for Nandi hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter after the Supreme Court upheld his election.

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