Parliamentary Petition Hearings Kick Off
Hearing of a petition challenging the election of Emurua Dikirr Member of Parliament Mr. Johana Ng’eno kicked off after two postponements with the petitioner David Keter taking to the dock.
The hearing had been postponed on two occasions as the MP excused himself saying he was feeling unwell and on another occasion that he was sitting for his examinations at Kenya School of Law (KSL).
The case however took off Monday after the MP appeared in court to hear his rival Keter of Jubilee party accusing him of voter-intimidation.
Keter who was represented by lawyer Manyange Humphrey said his agents were pulled out of the polling stations and his supporters at Roret polling station were threatened of dire consequences among them torching of their houses should they participate in the exercise.
Keter argued that at Roret polling station his rival’s supporters openly shouted out the name of the person they had voted for which he said contravened the electoral code of voting.
Keter also had a hard time explaining to the court why his agents failed to sign the form 34A and when asked by IEBC advocate Gathii Irungu who was responsible for the training of agents he answered that he was not aware.
He accused his opponent of using violence which included injuring of his chief agent to intimidate his supporters an issue he said made his supporters to stay away from voting him for fear of their lives.
In the petition which County Returning Officer Lillian Okoth is the second respondent Keter cited date by date incidents of violence allegedly used by Ng’eno including use of the Kalenjin word Makiwolei which loosely translated to(we are not changing).
Ng’eno who appeared in court in person was represented by lawyer Kimutai Bosek while IEBC was represented by Kathee Irungu.
Ng’eno of KANU beat his closest rival David Keter popularly known as “Dollar Line” by garnering 16,098 against Keter’s 13,707 to retain his seat.
By Ann Salaton