Karua files petition challenging Waiguru’s victory

Narc Kenya’s Martha Karia with her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara []

Narc Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua is among poll losers who have filed election petitions to redeem themselves.

She is challenging the election of Jubilee’s Anne Waiguru who is now Kirinyaga Governor.

Accompanied by her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, she filed her petition at the Kerugoya High Court on Tuesday.

She cited the Supreme Court verdict that nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election saying it set a precedent.

Her lawyer said the election was not free and fair and that Chief Justice David Maraga’s ruling on the Presidential election affected the governor, MP and Senator elections held on the same day.

“This election was held on the same day the IEBC conducted polls in the country,” said Imanyara according to the Star.

The former Gichugu MP said there was massive irregularities among them voter bribery at polling stations.

She also said her agents were denied access to polling stations and that there forms transmitted for polling centres to the county tallying centre were forged.

She also claimed that 58, 000 votes were illegally entered into IEBC’s KIEMS to secure Waiguru a win.

She will be seeking to have the court dismiss Waiguru’s win on Friday based on preliminary findings of the Supreme Court.

Should this fail, Karua will go for hearing of her petition.

Waiguru was declared the winner after garnering 159,606 votes against Karua’s 120,341.

Other politicians who have moved to court include Wiper’s Wavinya Ndeti who is challenging Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’a win, Lenny Kivuti challenging Embu’s Martin Wambora’s win and Nathif Jama challenging Ali Korane’s victory in Garissa.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News