Court dismisses petition challenging Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo’s win

Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa high court on Monday dismissed an election petition challenging the declaration of Ali Mbogo as the elected MP for Kisauni constituency.

Justice Erick Ogolla ruled that former Kisauni Member of Parliament Rashid Bedzimba did not render enough evidence to prove that Mr.Mbogo was not validly elected by the people of Kisauni.

Bedzimba alleged that the election of Member of Parliament in Kisauni Constituency conducted by IEBC on 8th August 2017, was not according to the law and that their were illegalities and irregularities.

Some of the claims stated by Bedzimba in the petition included; voter bribery, intimidation, violence and harassment by police officers against his agents, IEBC conducting elections in ungazetted polling stations, polling stations and his agents not allowed to access polling stations.

But justice Ogolla dismissed all the allegations citing that the petitioner failed to prove his case in court.

“The petitioner needed to prove who gave bribery and who received it but no evidence was rendered in this claims, therefore, the allegation of voter bribery, in this case, does not have merit,” ruled Ogolla.

Court also directed Bedzimba to pay sh. 2.5 million.