Wangui Ngirici Seeks to Withdraw Case Against Anne Waiguru

  • Kirinyaga Governor Purity Ngirici (left) and DP William Ruto welcomes Governor Anne Waiguru to UDA on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
    Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici (left) and DP William Ruto welcoming Governor Anne Waiguru to UDA on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
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  • Former Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici is seeking to withdraw a case she filed against the county's Governor Anne Waiguru.

    The application was done by Brian Khaemba on her behalf on Wednesday, October 5, during the pre trial conference confirming that he received instructions from her.

    Ngirici had move to Court challenging Waiguru's win in the just concluded polls, claiming that the election was marred with irregularities.

    The former Woman rep, who ran as an independent candidate, was given seven days to formally withdraw case.

    Former Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici
    Former Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici.
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    "I make the application through rule 21. I have received instructions from my client to withdraw the case," stated Khaemba.

    In a statement, Ngirici noted that she withdrew the case after consultations with her own team as well as UDA party.

    "After serious soul searching and wide consultation with my supporters and UDA and Kenya Kwanza leadership, I have decided to take a bold step; One that does not serve to advantage me or disorganize and disenfranchise the Governor but one that serves the full advantage to the people of Kirinyaga.

    "I have gone against strong tides of pressure to press on with the court battle, resolved to withdraw the petition challenging Governor Waiguru's victory, not because we didn't have facts nor pregnant grounds to see the petition to the end but to allow the people of Kirinyaga to enjoy uninterrupted services," she explained.

    In her petition she filed in early September at Kerugoya Court, Ngirici argued that she had evidence to prove that the election results were manipulated in favour of her competitor.

    She lost the race after garnering 105,667 votes against Waiguru who got 113,088 votes.

    The suit named Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as the main respondent with Waiguru named as third respondent alongside her deputy David Wachira Githanda who was the fourth respondent.

    Kamau Waiganjo, who represented Governor Waiguru in the suit, expressed his gratitude to the petitioner's team noting that the move will boost service delivery in the county.

    He added that unlike the 2017 suit filed by Martha Karua that proceeded to the East African Court, the withdrawal of the latest suit would enable the county to run uninterrupted.

    "We are happy that the petitioner has withdrawn the case. Kirinyaga people are going to be served without any disturbance," explained Waiganjo.

    Waiguru was officially sworn in on August 25 to serve her second and final term as Governor.

    Anne Mumbi Waiguru displays her certificate as the Kirinyaga governor-elect on August 12, 2022.
    Anne Mumbi Waiguru displays her certificate as the Kirinyaga governor-elect on August 12, 2022.
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