Karua challenges Waiguru election win for the third time


Karua challenges Waiguru election win for the third time
NARC-Kenya Party leader Martha Karua. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Karua filed the petition on Tuesday at the Court of Appeal in Nyeri despite the High Court having previously dismissed the case twice.
  • The case was recently dismissed on June 14, 2018 by Judge Lucy Gitari on grounds that it lacked merit and ordered her to pay costs amounting to Ksh.5 million.
  • On November 15, 2017 the same judge, Justice Lucy Gitari, had dismissed Karua's petition terming it as “hopeless, defective and incurable”.

NARC-Kenya Party leader Martha Karua has again moved back to court challenging Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s 2017 General Election win.

Karua filed the petition on Tuesday at the Court of Appeal in Nyeri despite the High Court having previously dismissed the case twice.

The case was dismissed on June 14, 2018 by Judge Lucy Gitari on grounds that it lacked merit and ordered her to pay costs amounting to Ksh.5 million.

On November 15, 2017 the same judge, Justice Lucy Gitari, had dismissed Karua’s petition terming it as “hopeless, defective and incurable”.

Karua would then move to the Court of Appeal which ruled in her favour, ordering that the case be heard afresh in the High Court.

In the ruling, appellate judges; Mohammed Warsame, Daniel Musinga and William Ouko faulted the High Court decision to uphold Waiguru’s election saying that she was not accorded justice and that the case was dismissed without a fair hearing.

The court also set aside the order of Ksh.10 million for costs and decried the emerging practice of prohibitive costs on losing candidates.

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