Court stops Jubilee from issuing Laikipia gubernatorial verdict

Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu
FILE PHOTO: Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu

The Political Parties Tribunal has barred Jubilee Party National Elections Tribunal from issuing certificate, any cancellation or re-tallying to alter the winner of Gubernatorial nominations results in Laikipia County.

The Tribunal ordered that the party halts the process following a complaint by the incumbent Governor, Joshua Wakahora Irungu, pending hearing and determination of the matter.

Mr Irungu says that he fully participated in the nominations and was announced the winner to fly the party flag in the forthcoming General Election.

He is now apprehensive that Jubilee Party want to shortchange him with his opponent, Nderitu Mureithi, whom he says he defeated overwhelmingly.

Through his advocate, Irungu told Kyalo Mbobu-led tribunal that on April 3, 2017, Jubilee Party Appeals Tribunal issued oral statement nullifying results of Laikipia North constituency and as such ordered a re-tallying of votes of two other constituency so as to announce the winner basing on the amendment.

The Tribunal certified the matter as urgent and directed that the party appeals tribunal and its National Election Board be served with court papers pending inter parties hearing set for Saturday, April 6, 2017.

Apart from Jubilee Party, also listed as respondents in the matter are Nderitu Mureithi and Sam Thuita Mwangi.

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