Witness lands in trouble for using unacceptable language in court
A witness testifying in favour of a petition filed by former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma contesting the victory of Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o Wednesday landed in trouble after using unacceptable language in court.
The witness, Yusuf Odongo, was whisked away by security personnel after he unapologetically referred to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Lawyer Julli Soweto as “my dear.”
Expressing his displeasure in the witness’s utterance, Justice David Majanja said Odongo showed disrespect to the court adding that it was also a gesture of demeaning the female gender.
Majanja warned the parties against similar utterances and asked advocates to ensure that their witnesses are educated on the court’s code of conduct.
Odongo, who was also Ranguma’s agent in Kisumu West Sub-County was however admitted back to testify after apologizing before the court and the IEBC lawyer for his unbecoming remarks.
Testifying before the same court, Duncan Okumu, also one of Ranguma’s agents in Ahero told the court that he observed gross breach of electoral laws by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) supporters at Disi Secondary School polling station in Ahero during the August 8th general elections.
Besides canvassing for votes, Okumu also alleged that the ODM faction had colluded with IEBC officials and announced results that were not in tandem with what was counted.
Okumu said he therefore declined signing Form 37A which is signed by agents after agreeing on the balloting results at polling centres.
IEBC Lawyer Julli Soweto however showed the court a copy of the Form 37A from Disi Secondary School polling station filed in his affidavit that showed that the agent had appended his signature but Okumu denied it wasn’t his.
In a sworn affidavit before the court Okumu indicated that Ranguma garnered 41 votes while Nyong’o managed only 8 votes at the Disi Secondary School polling station.
However Okumu disowned the figures in the said affidavit claiming that in his sworn affidavit Ranguma had amassed more than 400 votes in that particular polling station.
Responding to the assertions made by Okumu, IEBC lawyer Edwin Mukele said that the allegations were fabricated and were tailored to support the course of the petition.
He said Okumu was a possible masquerader propagating rumours and propaganda as his affidavit did not have a copy of his letter of appointment an oath of secrecy as agent.The hearing continues.
By Roberto Muyela