Wanjiku Muhia Loses High court battle to nullify Gitau’s nomination

file photo:Nyandarua County women rep Wanjiku Muhia

Nyandarua County Women representative spirant Faith Gitau’s name will be on the ballot in the upcoming general elections.

This is after high court dismissed an application by her opponent the incumbent Wanjiku Muhia seeking to have her nomination nullified.

While delivering the ruling, high court judge Justice George Odunga said that the application filed by Wanjiku was incompetent.

“The application before me is incompetent and I therefore dismiss it with costs,” ruled Justice Odunga.

In the case, Muhia had gone to the high court claiming that Jubilee Party did not conduct a repeat exercise in accordance with the constitution as ordered by the court of appeal.

Faith Gitau addressing journalists outside Milimani Law Courts after the ruling.

In the application, Muhia stated 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 June 6th directed Jubilee party to conduct fresh nominations for woman representative in Nyandarua County.

The appellate judges had 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.

The battle began after the nomination held on April 26, Gitau had 106,004 votes against Muhia who had 75,296.

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

Gitau then moved to the High Court to challenge the PPDT decision, where the tribunal’s ruling was dismissed.