Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has denied claims that he bribed voters and solicited the services of his county staff during the August 8 elections.
The county boss who had taken to the witness dock early today during the hearing of a petition by Wavinya Ndeti challenging his victory also claimed he was unaware of any intimidation of party agents during the polling day.
While responding to questions from both his lawyers and those of Ndeti, Mutua however told Justice Aggrey Muchellule he had no idea how the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) recruited its staff and therefore was not the right person to answer questions on behalf of the electoral body.
My lord I have no idea how the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Elections Commission recruited their officials neither can I confirm whether those who did so were part of the 7,000 officers who work for the county government ,” he submitted.
Earlier, Ndeti through her lawyer Willis Otieno poked holes into Mutua’s replying affidavit claiming some of the agents who represented him were members of his government.
In her petition, Ndeti has claimed that 59 of those who manned the 1,332 polling stations on behalf of the governor were county staff
She has given the names of Arbanus Musyoka and Kennedy Auma who she claimed to have been working under Dr. Mutua at the time.
Dr. Mutua has also denied having used the county resources during his campaigns but maintained he only utilized what had been allocated for his personal use.
He told the court that during the entire campaign period, he transversed the four sub counties in his county using his personal vehicle.
My lord during my campaigns I never used any public resource save for what was assigned to me by law. I only utilized my personal security and my official vehicle while carrying out my campaign rounds, he said.
In his final submission to the court, the county boss requested the court to throw out Ndeti’s petition alleging it lacks any iota of merit as far as the elections were concerned.
Ndeti moved to the court on September 5 to challenge the victory of Dr. Mutua alleging the August 8 election for the position of governor were skewed in favour of the incumbent.
In the case, Wavinya has listed IEBC,Machakos Returning Officer Joyce Wamalwa and Dr. Mutua as the first ,second and third respondents respectively.
Wavinya has exuded confidence that justice will finally be served based on the evidence contained in her 10,000 page affidavit that her lawyers have been relying on in court during the hearing.
During the August 8 election, Machakos IEBC Returning Officer Joyce Wamalwa declared Dr. Mutua the winner of the gubernatorial seat after garnering a total of 244,954 votes against the former petitioner who came second with 209,233 votes.
Source: Kenya News Agency