Bungoma High Court upholds Kabuchai MP’s win

Lusweti Mukwe addressing the press
Lusweti Mukwe addressing the press

The petition challenging the election of James Lusweti Mukwe as Kabuchai MP filed by Tale Nabangi has been thrown out by the Bungoma high court citing lack of enough evidence to warrant its nullification.

Judge Abida Aroni said the witnesses did not provide enough evidence of the allegations levelled against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, therefore, concluding the election was carried out well.

The petitioner Tale Nabangi was slapped with a fine of seven million which he is set to pay the 1st respondent, Lusweti Mukwe and the second respondent the IEBC Kshs 3.5 million each.

Lusweti applauded the court verdict saying he is now free to carry out development activities to the people of Kabuchai saying his competitor should put aside their political difference and focus on development activities to the electorates saying there will be a next time.

However, Tale Nabangi asserted that he will be appealing the court decision in the court of appeal saying he is not contented with the decision.

Elsewhere, the court has also upheld the win of Joseph Maguda as the Bungoma township ward representative after a petition presented by Jeremiah Wekesa could not warrant a nullification.

Maguda who was elected on an ODM ticket said he will work for the people of township regardless of their affiliation.

Flanked by Khalaba ward representative Majimbo Okumu and Maraka ward representative Ali Machani they said the party still has a huge following saying they are considering their relationship under the Nasa coalition as them petitions for Khalaba and township ward were presented by Ford Kenya candidates.