Court sets new date for Kitui Speaker’s Poll
Machakos High Court has ordered that elections for the Kitui County Assembly Speaker be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
High Court Judge, Justice David.K. Kemei, also directed that names of two aspirants who had filed a case seeking to stop the exercise be included in the ballot paper.
The two, lawyers, John Makau and Jeremiah Kisangau rushed to court on Wednesday to stop the exercise that had been scheduled for the following day, after they discovered that their names were missing in the list of interested candidates yet they had applied.
The Machakos High Court, which had earlier stopped election of Kitui County Assembly’s Speaker after two aspirants filed a petition issued the order after it was agreed that previously omitted names of the petitioners, Jeremiah Mumo Kisangau and John Muneeni Makau, would be included in the list of eligible candidates.
The aggrieved duo had on Wednesday sought court orders to stop the exercise after the County Assembly Clerk, Elijah Mutambuki, allegedly rejected their nomination papers on assertions that they went to present their applications past the set Tuesday, September 5th, 9.00 am deadline.
Through their Lawyer, Morris Kimuli, they accused the Clerk of scheming with current Speaker, George Ndotto, who is defending the seat for a second term, to lock them out of the race.
The Court also directed that the Government Printer publishes notice of the elections in a special issue not later than September 12, 2017.
The Court on Wednesday issued orders stopping the election which was scheduled to take place immediately after swearing-in of the MCAs, on Friday. The matter was before Justice David. K. Kemei.
Speaking to journalists in Kitui Town on Saturday morning, Mr Kisangau expressed joy after the court ruled in their favour and said he was optimistic of clinching the influential seat come Thursday next week. “Justice has been served,” he said.
The two candidates are set to battle it out with Mr Ndotto, former Township MCA Daniel Ngoima Kimanzi, Benjamin Mwikya Musyoka, Musyoki Mwangangi, Samson Nyamai Masila and Bernard Musembi Kitindiyo.
Last Thursday the polls were stopped after the Assembly Clerk, Elijah Mutambuki, informed newly-sworn-in MCAs that they could not proceed to choose speaker as he had been issued with a court order stopping the exercise.
Lawyers Makau and Kisangau had petitioned the court and obtained orders on Wednesday to stop the exercise until the court determined whether they were ineligible for the contest, yet they had applied in time and met all other the requirements to vie.
By KNA Team