Court of Appeal upholds Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter’s election

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter who is one of the MPs who have linked DP Ruto to the maize saga. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Eldoret, KENYA: The Court of Appeal on Wednesday reversed High Court decision that nullified the election of Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter.

The Court of Appeal Judges Erastus Githinji, Fatuma Sijale and Anna Okwengu ruled that the MP was validly elected during the August 2017 elections.

High court Justice Kimondo had earlier nullified Keter’s win on March 1 this year on the basis of election malpractices; arguing that there was evidence the legislator conducted illegal campaigns outside the stipulated time.

Hundreds of Keter supporters that were camped outside the Eldoret High Court celebrated the ruling.  Keter was accompanied by Moiben Mp Silas Tiren, Emurwa Dikir Mp Johana Ngeno.

IEBC had declared Keter the winner of the Nandi Hills August poll with 28,923 votes against 13,872 garnered by his rival Bernard Kitur.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal has also upheld the election of Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru.

In his ruling, Justice Milton Makhandia reduced to Sh5 million the legal cost of Sh10 million slapped on former senator Daniel Karababy the High Court.

Justice Makhandia said that the high fee would have sent the wrong signal to litigants and instill fear of access to justice.