High court stays court of appeal decision not to gazette Faith Gitau as Nyandarua County Women Rep

Wanjiku Muhia addressing journalists outside Milimani law courts

It is a bit of a relief for Nyandarua county woman representative aspirant Wanjiku Muhia after high court stayed orders stopping the IEBC from gazetting her opponent Faith Wairimu Gitau as the jubilee woman representative candidate for Nyandarua County.

In an application before high court judge Justice George Odunga, Wanjiku Muhia states that instead of the jubilee party  conducting fresh polls as directed by the appellate court,  it went ahead to employ an ambiguous system to nominate Faith Gitau.

“The appellate court had nullified the nomination of Faith Gitau on account that the exercise was not free and fair and that the nomination was not done in accordance with the jubilee party rules,” said Muhia.

The court of appeal had on Thursday last week directed Jubilee party to conduct fresh nominations for woman representative in Nyandarua County.

The matter will be heard inter-parties on Thursday.

The appellate judges overturned a judgment of the High Court that had reinstated Gitau’s nomination after the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal handed the party ticket to Muhia.

Muhia had rejected the nomination results and lodged a complaint before the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal, which nullified Gitau’s win.

Gitau then moved to the High Court where she emerged the winner after the PPDT decision was dismissed.

Muhia now moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge the High Court ruling that had reinstated Gitau where it was ordered that the polls be repeated in 48 hours.