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BY CORRESPONDENT,MACHAKOS,19TH JAN 2018-Yatta Member of parliament Charles Kilonzo has gotten a reprieve after high court in Mchakos upheld in his election in the August 8, 2017 General Election .
While delivering the ruling justice Aggrey Muchelule said that the petitioner did not provide enough evidence to warrant nullification of the entire election.
Muchelule ordered Mr Mwangangi to pay Sh2.5 million to both the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and to Mr Kilonzo.
While delivering the judgment Justice Muchelule observed that the petitioner had failed to prove his case.
“I find the claims that the election of Yatta MP was marred with irregularities has not been proved,” said Judge Muchelule.
He ruled that the petition was filed out of time as it ought to have been filed on September 6th, which was the last day of filing as per the constitutional timelines instead of September 7th.
He said the petitioner had claimed that his agents were denied access to polling stations but did not specify the agents and the polling stations they were denied access to.
The petition had been filed by immediate former Yatta MP Francis Mwangangi who claims that Kilonzo did not win fairly.
Kilonzo was declared winner after garnering 18,320 votes against rival Francis Mwangangi who got 11,383 votes.
Addressing his supporters after the court’s ruling Kilonzo thanked his supporters for standing with him adding that he will deliver the promise he made to them during the elections campaigns.”Justice has finally been delivered and we had known all a long that there was no case ,ours was a clean win”.he said
Kilonzo who was accompanied by some of his supporters has also thanked the judge for ruling fairly saying that it had been his expectations.
Mwangangi has however vowed to appeal the ruling.