Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua's team of lawyers stormed out of Court Tuesday in the middle of the hearing of an election petition filed by former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti.
The lawyers, led by Wahome Gatonye, walked out after Justice Aggrey Muchelule declined to adjourn the case so as to allow the lawyers to prepare for more applications against the case.
The counsel representing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kimani Muhoro, stated he would remain in court and continued to cross-examine the witnesses.
Justice Muchelule ordered witnesses from the applicant's side to proceed with their testimony despite the withdrawal of Mutua’s lawyers.
Dr Mutua, however, pleaded with the court to adjourn the proceedings to allow him to get a new legal team to represent him.
[caption caption="Lawyer Wahome Gatonye"][/caption]
The Judge heeded Mutua's plea and adjourned the hearing to Thursday, next week.
While filing the petition, Ms Ndeti claimed that Machakos governorship results were manipulated, claiming that she was the outright winner.
The former MP also challenged the speed at which the swearing in of the Governor Mutua was done.
She also declined Mutua's request that she joins him in working for the Machakos people.
Mutua, who was vying on a the Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket, garnered 249,954 votes against Ndeti's 209,233
[caption caption="Wavinya Ndeti"][/caption]