Kidero will not be enjoined in the petition seeking annulment of governor Mike Sonko’s election-Court

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH NOV 2017-High court has turned down an application by former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero  to be enjoined in  an election petition contesting the victory of Mike Mbuvi .

According to judge Msagha Mbogholi  granting the orders would occasion prejudice to the respondents and allow him to challenge Sonko’s win out of time.

The petition by  Japheth Muroko’s and another seeks  nullification of Sonko’s win over “massive” irregularities.

The judge termed it as “disingenuous, misconceived and defective.”

“Allowing the application would be allowing the applicant to go through a door which has since been closed,” he declared.

According to the judge, the former City County boss though he claims he has legitimate personal interest to contest the election having participated, failed to satisfy the court why he did not contest it within the timelines given.

“Being a candidate does not qualify one to be a party since certain criteria must be met,” added the judge.

The judge rejected Kidero’s argument that failure to join him in the proceedings would cause him to suffer prejudice for being  denied the right to legally contest the outcome of the gubernatorial race.

“This argument does not qualify as the applicant had the opportunity to challenge the same within the set constitutional timelines,” he said.

Sonko together with the IEBC had opposed Kidero’s joinder claiming it would drag out the case.

Sonko had questioned Kidero’s decision to file the application for joinder  52 days after he was  declared winner.

Moroko is seeking nullification of Sonko’s election claiming it was marred with irregularities.

The petitioner wants scrutiny and recount of votes cast on August 8.The decision of the court now means that the suit challenging Sonko’s win in the August 8 election will proceed.

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