Semelang’o moves to court to stop Mathare by-election

By Dzuya Walter

Former Youth Enterprise Fund Chairman Gor Semelang’o has moved to the high court to stop the the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission from conducting the Mathare By-election slated for August 7th.

Semelang’o wants the mini-poll halted until  his petition challenging the decision that barred him  from contesting as an independent candidate is heard and determined.

He was barred from taking part in the mini-poll for failing to resign from the Public Service six months before the election as required by law.

Semalang’o moved to court under a certificate of urgency seeking court’s intervention to postpone the by-election until the matter is heard and determined.

High court judge Mumbi Ngugi however declined to issue the orders sought and directed the matter to be mentioned Wednesday.

In the petition, Semelang’o alleges that he did not violate the Elections Act that requires public servants to resign from office six months before seeking an elective seat, as alleged by the electoral body IEBC.



IEBC and the Attorney General General have been named as respondents in the petition.

Early this month, IEBC dispute resolution committee ruled that Semelango was not eligible to contest in the by-election as he had failed to prove before the committee, that he was not a public officer by then to warrant him to contest in the by-election.

Meanwhile high court Judge Isaack Lenaola has declined to grant orders in the application filed by Nairobi senator Mike Mbuvi against a section of Cord allied politicians over disobedience of an earlier court order.

The order barred them from making inflammatory remarks during the infamous Saba Saba rally at Uhuru Park Grounds. Lenaola said similar orders have been sought on a yet another case to be determined on the 26th of next month.

Sonko has accused senators James Orengo, Johnstone Muthama, Otieno Kajwang, Elizabeth Ongoro and former MP Reuben Ndolo for contempt of court for allegedly disobeying orders issued by Justice Isaac Lenaola on July 4 ahead of the rally.

Finally the case in which former foreign affairs permanent secretary Thuita Mwangi alongside two others was charged with corruption was adjourned to September 15th with the prosecution now set to bring 31 witnesses.

The Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi who was the key witness finalized his testimony, saying that the PS was an authority in the Ministry’s Tender Committee that resulted into the more than 2 billion shillings Tokyo Embassy scandal, that begun way back in 2009.

Thuita was charged together with Allan Mburu, the Charge d’affaires at the Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo, and Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri, who was Kenya’s ambassador to Libya.