Ranguma petition over Nyong’o poll win dismissed

Former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma.
Former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma. PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

Ranguma lost to Prof. Nyong'o in the 2017 General Election and moved to the High Court in a suit against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the county Returning Officer and Prof. Nyong'o. The judge further ordered that Ranguma pay Ksh.5million in damages to the respondents.

The Court of Appeal in Kisumu has upheld the election of Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.

Appellate Judge Justice Phillip Waki dismissed the petition with costs after an appeal filed by the governor’s predecessor Jack Ranguma.

According to the judge, the appeal by Mr. Ranguma lacked merit and a previous decision by the High Court was valid.

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Justice Waki said the bench was persuaded that the grounds of appeal argued by ex-Governor Ranguma to overturn the High Court decision were insufficient.

In the memorandum of appeal, Ranguma through advocate Richard Onsongo outlined nine key issues claiming the trial court erred in dismissing their petition.

The issues include failure to grant order for scrutiny and recount, failure to include results from five polling stations and failure to consider evidence of two key witnesses.

Prof. Nyongo, who was present in court, welcomed the judgment adding that the courts had given justice to the people of Kisumu.

His rival Ranguma responded saying he was not a bitter loser and Governor Nyong’o should now strive to unite the county.

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