Jubilee MP defends her nomination in court
Nominated MP Jennifer Shamalla on Wednesday defended her nomination to represent special interests in the National Assembly.
Former Jubilee Elections Board Chairman Aden Noor, under certificate of urgency, filed an application challenging the nomination of Shamalla, claiming that she was illegally nominated to represent special interests because she does not come from a marginalised group in Kenya.
Shamalla said that she is an individual of mixed heritage of Asian and Luhya communities, maintaining that she represents the Luhya community who are a minority in the party.
“We are at the bottom of the ladder of minority, my mother is a Kenyan-Pakistani who has lived here for 40 years. I am a Kenyan of mixed heritage, no secret my mother is of Pakistani heritage my father is an Isukha of Luhya origin,” Shamalla told the court.
Through lawyer Ondabu Jason, Noor claimed that he was shortchanged by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which he says unlawfully and unconstitutionally listed Shamalla under special interests ahead of marginalised or minority nominee in the party’s list.
Noor also maintained that IEBC acted in contempt of judgment and decree which had been issued by Political Parties Dispute Tribunal which directed them to strike off Shamalla’s name from the list of nominees.
He wants the court to nullify the nomination of Shamalla and have the gazette notice by IEBC listing her as a marginalised minority quashed.
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