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Thursday, 28 June 2018

It's victory for Governor Ngilu

Governor Ngilu's election upheld

By Martin Masai

GOVERNOR Charity Ngilu's election as Kitui Governor was today upheld by the Supreme Court of Kenya.
Deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau addresses the media outside Supreme Court buildings after
Governor Ngilu's election was upheld.
Three judges of the court tossed out an appeal ;lodged by defeated governor Julius Malombe saying it lacked merit.
 The  court upheld the election of Governor Ngilu saying she was validly elected during the  August 8th 2017 general  elections. Judges  Roselyn  Nambuye; Mohammed  Warsame and Otieno  Odek  said former  Kitui Governor Dr Julius Malombe failed to offer  evidence which could  enable them  nullify the  victory of  Ngilu. 
They said Ngilu had beaten  Dr  Malombe  by over  90 000 votes  having garnered  169,990 votes while  Malombe was in  distant  third with 74,681. Former Kitui  Senator  David Musila was second with  114,827 of the  votes  cast. 
Malombe  had alleged the election of Governor Charity Ngilu  was irregular, illegal  and didn't  reflect the  will of the people of  Kitui County. He  alleged  his agents were  denied  access to the  various  polling Stations.
Malombe  further alleged violence  rocked the polling  and  that Ngilu  was allowed to  campaign  during the  voting  rights exercise 
Ngilu  through  lawyer  Kioko Kilukumi  defended  herself  saying  the  polling  was  done in accordance  with the election  rules. Kilukumi said Ngilu  defeated her rivals in a clean poll exercise  
In their  judgement  Nambuye,Warsame  and Odek  said the  elections  were  conducted in accordance  with the  constitution  and  legal  confines and principles. 
"The allegations  raised  against  the  said  elections  don't  meet the  threshold for  nullification of  an  election; " the judges  said. 
Added  they; "Having  scrutinzed  all the  issues  and allegations  raised  thoroughly  and meticulously  we decline   the  invitation to nullify the said  election," They  said  the  win  and gazettement  of Ngilu by the   IEBC  were legal  and  legitimate . They  proceeded to dismiss the appeal with  costs. .Dr  Malombe was  ordered to  pay  Ms Ngilu  Sh 2million and IEBC  Sh 1million. The  judges set aside  Justice  Pauline Nyamweya's orders  Malombe  pays  Ngilu  and IEBC costs  to the  tune of  Sh 5m. After the judgement was read Malombe said he will read the judgement then make a decision on  whether he will move to the  Supreme Court to appeal.
Ngilu supporters led by Deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau welcomed the outcome and said they will now focuss on delivering on the five-pillar manifesto that Governor Ngilu campaigned on.
Mrs Ngilu was not in court.

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