Mary Wambui faces petition

Nyeri, Kenya: An election petition has been filed against the election of businesswoman Mary Wambui Munene as the Othaya Member of Parliament

The petition was filed in Nyeri by a lawyer she beat into second place in the Othaya parliamentary race but court officials were making arrangements to forward the file to the Chief Justice (CJ) in Nairobi because no election petition court has been gazetted or appointed to hear the Nyeri petitions.

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In the suit filed in Nyeri, Peter Gichuki King’ara of Grand National Union (GNU) names Ms Munene, the Othaya Returning Officer James Mbai and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as the respondents in the case.

He cites various electoral malpractices including voter bribery, voter buying and manipulation of IEBC officials as having characterised the election of Ms Munene.

In a 323 page document supported by 23 affidavits, King’ara lists 15 grounds of disputing the election of the businesswoman.

Wambui garnered 16,285 votes against City lawyer Peter Gichuki King’ara’s 14,218 votes and Saba Saba Asili’s James Gichuki Mugambi‘s 10,972 votes. There were several other candidates.


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