Petition Filed Against UDA Kiambaa Parliamentary Victory

  • Jubilee and UDA supporters face off during a rally in Kiambaa on Sunday, June 13, 2021..jpg
    Jubilee and UDA supporters face off during a rally in Kiambaa on Sunday, June 13, 2021
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  • A voter has moved to court to challenge the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate John Njuguna's victory in the recently concluded Kiambaa by-election.

    George Thata Ndia, in court documents, states that the by-election was marred with electoral malpractices and irregularities. 

    He further argues that Njuguna did not win in a fair contest, accusing the returning officer of colluding with unnamed people to steal the win from the Jubilee Party candidate, Kariri Njama.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kiambaa MP aspirant Kariri Njama during a meeting at State House on Thursday, July 8.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Kiambaa MP aspirant Kariri Njama during a meeting at State House on Thursday, July 8.
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    According to the petition seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Thata argues that forms 34As were not countersigned. He also claims that there were distortions and discrepancies on forms 35A and 35B.

    He also accused the returning officer of using his personal mobile phone to recruit presiding officers and deputy returning officers.

    The petitioner further alleges the plan to rig out Njama was well planned claiming that some presiding officers were illegally transferred from their stations.

    "Massive electoral malpractices and irregularities in specific polling stations substantially affected the outcome of the impugned Kiambaa parliamentary by-election that led to Kariri Njama being rigged out in favour of the 3rd respondent," reads part of the petition.

    "...the 2nd Respondent used his personal mobile phone to recruit Presiding Officers and Deputy Returning Officers, these records are therefore beyond the reach of the public and the Commission for purposes of the safekeeping of the election materials."

    On Thursday, July 22, IEBC refuted claims by Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi that the by-elections were rigged. 

    In a press statement, IEBC maintained that the by-elections held on July 15, were successful, free and fair.

    Wamatangi, during an interview on Citizen TV on Thursday, July 22 claimed that the election results were highly curious.

    Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi during an address in August 2019.
    Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi during an address in August 2019.
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