Election of Governor Nderitu Muriithi challenged in Court

A challenge of election of Laikipia County Governor, Nderitu Muriithi case which was filed on September 8 kicked off on Monday at Nanyuki High Court.

The petition which was filed by two petitioners; Sammy Ndungu and Dennis Leman was set for mention today, however Leman has applied for withdrawal of his petition.

Leman told Nanyuki Resident Judge, Justice Mary Kasango that his decision to withdraw from the matter was out of his own will and not from any influence.

The two petitioners were challenging election of Muriithi mainly on the ground that during the elections there was breach of peace in Laikipia North which adversely affected Pokot community.

The petition claims that security forces in the region including KDF, regular police and Kenya reservists intimidated members of the community from voting by moving in contingents from one polling centre to another.

According to the petition due to the heavy security presence in the region which supported former governor Joshua Irungu, over 5, 000 voters failed to vote.

Leman who comes from Sosian Ward in Laikipia North Constituency was not in court and his application was filed by his lawyer, Michael Muchemi.

Justice Kasango ruled that the matter be mentioned on October 2, 2017 for the consideration of the Leman’s withdrawal application.

On the same mention date, the Court will set hearing date for pretrial of the matter.

IEBC is the 1st respondent in the petition; others being Nderitu Muriithi and his Deputy, John Mwaniki and the County Returning Officer.

Governor Muriithi was not in court but was represented by lawyers, Evans Monari and the vice president of East Africa Law Society, Ms Maria Mbeneka.

Mwaniki was in court with his two lawyers, Mwangi Wanjohi and James Njengo while IEBC was represented by Lawyers, Eric Gumbo and Bush Wanjala.

Separately in the same court election of Governor of Samburu County, Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal was also challenged by Lesirma Simon Saimanga.

Saimanga wants the court to nullify election of Lenolkulal on grounds of irregularities of process of voting which were designed to favour him.

However, Justice Kasango observed that the matter is gazetted to be heard before Justice Roseline Wendoh of Nyahururu High Court and will be mentioned on September 25 in Nyahururu Court.

Source: Kenya News Agency