The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi and Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito dealing a blow to the petitioners who had sought to have them dethroned.
In a judgment read by justice Smokin Wanjala, the apex court ruled that the issue of Ndiritu vying as an independent candidate came up after he was elected an issue that could have been addressed before the election date.
Governor Muriithi’s election victory had been challenged by businessman Sammy waity who had claimed Ndiritu Muriithi should not have been cleared to contest, having switched camps days to the election from the jubilee party to vie as an independent candidate.
The court alluded that the petitioner knew well before the election that Ndiritu was vying as an independent candidate and should have challenged the issue in court at that time.
In December 2017, the High Court in Nanyuki dismissed the petition challenging his election saying it lacked merit a decision that was upheld by the court of appeal in July 2018, for the same reason.
The petitioner was also ordered to shoulder the cost of the petition
An elated governor urged opponents to join hands to improve the welfare of Laikipia residents.
The apex court also upheld the election of Shinyalu constituency legislator Justus Kizito.
The former MP Silverse Anami had challenged the election claiming that he failed to prove allegations of widespread voter bribery and incitement to violence that they claimed disrupted the electoral process. He was also ordered to pay the litigation costs.