Reprieve for Governor Waiguru as court dismisses Karua’s petition

Written By: Claire Wanja
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"Today's ruling was not merely a personal win but a victory that was upheld for the people of Kirinyaga who expressed their will at the ballot. Mine is to thank them for their support and do everything possible to ensure Kirinyaga Rises and Shines!" Said Waiguru
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It is a reprieve for Governor Anne Waiguru after Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed a petition by Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua. 

In a ruling by the apex court delivered by Justice Isaac Lenaola, upheld the verdict of the High Court and the Court of Appeal that had ruled in favour of Waiguru.

However, Chief Justice David Maraga and Judges Mohammed Ibrahim, Njoki Ndungu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola ruled that the cost of the case in the high court, court of appeal and the apex court be borne by each party.

According to the court, Karua was unable to prove her allegations of mass voter bribery and elections malpractices in the 2017 elections.

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Speaking after the ruling, an elated Waiguru urged Karua to accept the outcome noting that she won the election fairly and squarely. She urged Karua to accept the court ruling and if not prepare for fierce battle again in 2022

“I think Martha Karua should accept and I hope she finally puts this matter to rest. The court process has not affected our performance but it has been a distraction nonetheless; it was an unnecessary distraction.” said Waiguru.

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On her twitter handle Karua said: ” Many thanks to those who stood with me in my judicial marathon . All is not lost there is much more to do.”

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” I did not get justice at the court but Aluta continua. The journey to success is long and winding.” She added.

Last year in June, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision by the High Court to dismiss her petition against the election of Ann Waiguru as Kirinyaga Governor.

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This is after the Kerugoya High Court for the second time dismissed her petition seeking to challenge the election of Waiguru.

In a memorandum of appeal filed at the court of appeal registry in Nyeri, the Narc Kenya leader cited her dissatisfaction, indicating her intentions to appeal the entire ruling.

In the case, Karua has named IEBC, county returning officer, Kirinyaga Governor and deputy governor as respondents.

Earlier the Kejugoya high court judge Lucy Gitari for the second time had dismissed Karua’s petition.

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