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High court in Mombasa hears  a petition  challenging  governor Ali Hassan Joho’s victory

High court in Mombasa hears a petition challenging governor Ali Hassan Joho’s victory

BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,27TH NOV 2017-Mombasa high court  on Monday begun hearing  a petition  challenging governor Hassan Joho ‘s victory in an election held on August 8.

The petitioner Omar Hassan who was cross examined before lady justice Lidya Achode  raised several issues which he thinks forms  a strong  grounds on why governor Joho’s victory should be  nullified.

He told the court packed with both his supporters and those of Governor Joho that there was numerous irregularities ranging from  claims of voters intimidation and a misconception that  Joho was a favorable contender.

It  awaits to be  seen whether the people of Mombasa will be going back to the policing stations to vote again should the court  direct that  Omar has a strong case warranting nullification of governor Joho’s Victory.On the other hand if Omar’s petition is dismissed governor Joho will continue with his term in office.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho-COURTESY
Omar  was vying under the Wiper Democratic Movement, a party led by NASA deputy flag bearer Kalonzo Musyoka.
Joho has since defended his seat under Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) .
Before filing the petition in court Omar had resigned  from Wiper  after what he termed as betrayal by party leaders.In his resignation  letter, he thanked Kalonzo and Wiper for giving him a chance and said he will not campaign for NASA presidential candidate Raila after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 presidential election.
However pundits have held a position that Omar Hassan does not command any meaningful political following at the coast.On the contrary they feel that the current governor still commands a huge following  and Omar Could be fighting a losing battle.
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