Supreme Court upholds Twahib’s election as Lamu Governor

Former Lamu Governor Issa Timamy has lost an election appeal against incumbent Governor Fahim Twaha at the Supreme Court.

Timamy’s appeal was dismissed by the judges for lack of merit. The apex court also upheld Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi’s victory in the last general election.

On Wednesday morning, Supreme Court judge Mohammed Ibrahim ruled they had found that the appeal by Issa Timamy challenging Fahim Twaha ’s victory lacked merit and that the Lamu gubernatorial election was free, fair and met the credibility threshold.

The Supreme court supported the verdicts of the High Court and Court of Appeal which had validated Twaha’s win with Timmamy now set to bear the cost of the case.

The former Governor moved to the Supreme Court after he lost to Twaha by 552 votes.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Twahib winner after he garnered 22,969 votes on a Jubilee ticket against Timamy’s 22,848 votes during the 2017 general elections.

An elated Twaha extended an olive branch to his opponents urging them to unite for the good of Lamu county.

Meanwhile, the Apex Court has also dismissed an appeal by Mohamed Muhamud Ali a voter challenging the election of Changamwe Member of parliament Omar Mwinyi.

Lady justice Njoki Ndu’ngu noted that even though there were flaws in the exercise, the election met the constitutional threshold and the will of the people had prevailed.

 

  

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