BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,8TH FEB 2019-Supreme Court has validated the 2017 election of Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi dismissing petition challenging his victory.
Nanyuki based businessman Sammy Ndung’u had moved to the highest court after the Court of Appeal upheld Muriithi’s election in November 2017.
Former Governor Joshua Irungu tried to join the petition but the court said it was late.
Justices Asike Makhandia, Fatuma Sichale and Sankale ole Kantai, said the appeal by the petitioner lacked merit. It also slapped him with Sh12 million cost.
The judges had termed as “baseless” claims by Ndung’u that Muriithi should not have been cleared to contest, having switched camps days to the election.
They said the petitioner should have appealed against the decision or file a judicial review but not raise it in an election court.
The court capped the amount to pay to the governor, the IEBC and the returning officer to Sh1.5 million each.
However while making the ruling on Friday Morning supreme court judges dismissed the petition saying it did not meet thresholds under the law to warrant nullification of governor Murithii’s election.