Reprieve for Sakaja but not yet cleared to vie, one hurdle remains

Three complaints lodged against Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja’s governorship bid have been dismissed by the IEBC election dispute Resolution committee for non-attendance of the Petitioners and want of prosecution.

The complaints had been lodged by Elizabeth Nzilani, Alex Ambere and Evans Kaita challenging decision of the electoral commission to allow Sakaja contest for the Governor’s seat. They alleged that he is ineligible over lack of a university degree certificate.

But when the cases were called out for hearing at the committee chair George Murugu, none of them appeared prompting Sakaja’s advocates to ask for their dismissal.

The team of nine advocates led by Adrian Kamotho Njenga also said the complainants had not shared their written arguments as directed earlier.

The committee chaired by lawyer George Murugu allowed the request and dismissed the matters for lack of appearance of the three complaints.

At the same time, the committee removed another complaint lodged by Timothy Anyieko following a finding that the dispute is not related to Sakaja’s candidature. The complaint is against refusal of the Nairobi County Returning Officer to clear Anyieko to contest for the governor’s seat.

However, despite the exit of the four Sakaja is not yet out of the woods since voter Dennis Gakuu Wahome persisted with his complaint against Sakaja’s clearance by the IEBC.

MG Team

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