Reprieve for Governor Sonko as court dismisses case seeking to revive election petition challenging his win

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,16TH APRIL 2018-It is a major reprieve for Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko  after the Court of Appeal dismissed a case seeking to revive an election petition challenging his election victory.

Justices Roselyn Nambuye, Gatembu Kairu and Kathurima M’Inoti agreed with High Court Judge Mbogholi Msagha that he rightly dismissed the case because the petitioners, Japhet Muroko and Zachaeus Okoth, were no longer interested in pursuing the matter.

The judges ruled that an election court is not powerless and a judge has the discretion to strike out a case where circumstances demand.

They, however, noted that the only mistake justice Msagha did was to strike out the case when he should have dismissed the petition.

“Accordingly, we hereby substitute an order striking out the petition with an order dismissing the petition for lack of evidence,” the judges said.

The court also agreed that costs follow events and those who file frivolous cases should be ready to pay costs.

The petitioners were ordered to pay Sh5 million in costs by the High Court.

Challenge the move

Immediately after the decision, lawyer John Khaminwa for the two petitioners, said they will be moving to the Supreme Court because the judges had not addressed the issue of intimidation and threats made towards them.

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