Kenya: Political Temperatures Rise As Embakasi South By-Election Nears


Political temperatures have started rising in Embakasi South Nairobi, with new candidates joining the race to clinch the parliamentary seat.

In December 2017, the Supreme Court nullified the election of Wiper Democratic Movement politician July Mawathe, saying the process had not been free and fair.

NEW BLOOD

Businessman Jairus Mulei Musyoka joined the contest on Friday, joining Mr Mawathe and former MP Irshad Sumra.

Mr Musyoka said he was ready to face the heavy-weights in his first attempt at winning the position.

The by-elections is expected to take place in March.

Accusing leaders of corruption, Mr Musyoka said he wants to inject new blood into the system.

“We want to bring a solution,” he said of the constituency that that 150,3015 registered voters.

THE CASE

The case against Mr Mawathe was filed by Mr Sumra (ODM), who lost the seat after serving for five years.

Mr Sumra told a lower court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court that his agents were tricked into taking a 30-minute break before votes were counted.

He said this allowed the other agents to tamper with the results.

The politician also argued that there was no proper display of Forms 35A on the doors of polling stations and at the Embakasi Girls’ tallying centre.

Further, the court heard that some KIEMS kits at three polling stations malfunctioned, making it difficult to take voters through checks.

The Court of Appeal earlier overturned a lower court’s decision that had upheld Mr Mawathe’s win.

Mr Sumra moved moved to the Court of Appeal while Mr Mawathe consequently turned to the Supreme Court, but lost the case.

On Friday, Mr Sumra said he expects the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct a free and fair vote.

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