Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament Walter Nyambati (National Labour Party) has lost a petition filed against his 2007 poll win, joining a long list of MPs whose election have been nullified by the High Court. Kisii Resident Judge Milton Makhandia who delivered the ruling on Friday said the MP was elected irregularly.
Mr Nyambati’s election was challenged by Justus Omiti who had also sued a Returning Officer of the defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya and the Interim Independent Electoral Commission. In issuing the ruling, the judge said the petitioner had proved beyond reasonable doubt that there were irregularities in the polls. Mr Nyambati becomes the eleventh MP in the current Parliament to lose an election petition.
Ten by-elections have been held following the filing of successful petitions, in Juja, Makadara, Starehe, Bomachoge, Matuga, Wajir South, South Mugirango, Kirinyaga Central, Ikolomani and Kamukunji Constituency where a by-election is scheduled for next Thursday.
Only three MPs; Bonny Khalwale (Ikolomani), Bishop Margaret Wanjiru (Starehe) and Chirau Ali Mwakwere (Matuga) successfully recaptured their seats after by-elections were conducted in their constituencies.
Friday’s ruling paves way for a by-election to be held in the constituency before the next general election is conducted.
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