Protest over TNA tribunal verdict in Naivasha
Naivasha, Kenya: Supporters of a TNA aspirant demonstrated in Naivasha to protest a move by the party’s tribunal to revoke their candidate’s nomination.
Transport and business were paralysed in parts of the lakeside town by the protestors.
They were protesting the move by the tribunal to revoke the nomination of Esther Njeri who is vying for the Viwandani ward seat on a TNA ticket.
Njeri who is a former nominated councilor won in the TNA primaries but a case challenging her eligibility to vie for the seat was forwarded to the tribunal which revoked her nomination.
The certificate was later awarded to her main challenger Stephen Kihonge who was cleared by the IEBC to vie for the seat.
According to the supporters, Njeri won with a large margin and wondered the motive by her rivals to oust her from the seat.
They warned of voter apathy for TNA if she would not be in the ballot in the general elections.
Speaking to the press, Njeri said that the court case filed over her nomination was heard ad determined but the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was yet to clear her to contest.
Njeri warned that she would marshal her supporters to boycott voting during the elections if her name would not be in the ballot.
She called on the various women organizations to intervene and have the issue resolved saying her right to contest has been violated.
Speaking on phone Kihonge said he had been duly cleared by IEBC to vie for the seat following an order from the disputes tribunal.