Former Mombasa Senator withdraws petition against Joho

Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has withdrawn his petition challenging the election of Ali Hassan Joho as Mombasa Governor.

The former Wiper Party Secretary General argues that he will not get justice in the petition since the presiding Judge is biased.

Omar gave notice to withdraw his election petition against Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. In an application before Mombasa High Court, Omar argues that that the court is already biased against him.

The former Wiper Secretary General Senator claims the presiding judge favours Joho.  In January this year, Justice Lydia Achode declined to withdraw herself from the case ruling that the court is guided by the rule of law and therefore Omar’s application lacked merit.

In his petition Omar who finished third in the August 8th 2017 gubernatorial race claims the election was marred with irregularities and malpractice.

Meanwhile, Nairobi politician Steve Mbogo has been arraigned in court in connection with a gold scam where a Dubai based businessman was coned 102 million shillings.

Mbogo who appeared in court alongside two other suspects is accused of fraudulently obtaining the said amount from Sayeed Mohammed Altaf. The trio was   however not charged after the prosecution requested more time to conclude investigations.

Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko rejected the request and instead directed the prosecution to charge the three or release them if there is insufficient evidence against them.

And, five suspects arrested in connection with the murder of a Nakuru based businessman have been charged with murder.

James Muhonja, Alex Okwemba, Rahab Mukenye, Gladys Wambui, and Nicholous Mudegu appeared before Justice Roselyne Korir of the Nakuru High Court after a psychiatric report presented to the court established that they were fit to face trial.

They are accused of killing Julius Kimani Mathu on December 1st 2017 at Manyani estate in Nakuru town. The five pleaded not guilty to the charges and will remain in custody to allow prosecution more time to conclude investigations.

Finally, Malindi high court has declined to issue temporary orders of stay to block a Kenyan and an Italian investor from taking over the controversial Salama beach hotel (Temple Point resort) in Watamu.

Malindi high Court Judge Weldon Korir said he will issue final orders after hearing both parties and the two investors Isaac Rodrot and Stefano Uccelli should keep off the hotel until the matter is resolved. The case will be heard on 1st March this year.

  

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