Not Yet Uhuru! Leaders Who Risk Losing Their Seats To Petitions

After the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified Kenya's presidential election, it set the pace for a barrage of election petitions. The highest court in the land left the fate of several elected leaders in the balance. As of today morning, 76 politicians had filed petitions to the courts and rulings are expected to be complete by the next six months.

By Tuesday 5 September, six petitions had been filed challenging the election of governors in Embu (Martin Wambora), Taita Taveta (Granton Samboja), Garissa (Ali Korane), Mandera(Ali Roba), Kirinyaga (Ann Waiguru) and Tana River (Dhado Godana).

In Embu, former Senator Lenny Kivuti (Maendeleo Chap Chap) is seeking an annulment of Jubilee Party’s Martin Wambora win after an unsuccessful attempt to block his gazettement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Former Garissa County boss Nathif Jama (Wiper Democratic Movement) is contesting the election of Ali Korane (Jubilee) citing what he has described as a “sham election marred with irregularities”.

Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru (Jubilee) is facing a legal challenge from NARC Kenya’s Martha Karua. While she filed her petition at the Kerugoya High Court on Tuesday, she insisted that she had disputed the counting and tallying of the gubernatorial votes from the word go, saying there is a need for a recount.

In Mandera County, Governor Ali Roba (Jubilee) is facing a challenge from his bitter rival Hassan Noor of the Economic Freedom Fighters party.

Machakos Wiper gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti went on to challenge Governor Alfred Mutua’s re-election, citing electoral irregularities from which she argues the Maendeleo Chap Chap leader benefited, winning a second term.

Another 13 were challenging the election of MPs and two for senators.

Meanwhile, Farah Maalim has also moved to court seeking orders compelling IEBC to conduct parliamentary elections again in Garissa Township saying that Majority Leader Aden Duale was not validly elected.
He said the court should order IEBC to produce all materials including voter registers and counterfoils used at all polling stations.

Today, former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma filed a petition at the High Court in Kisumu to challenge the winner, Anyang Nyongo amid claims that the poll was marred by irregularities.

Although Members of Parliament, Senators and Governors have already taken oaths of office as per schedule, the next six months will determine if those declared winners will lead for the next five years.

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