Shortly before the validation of his win at the Supreme Court on Thursday, critics of Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti poured to the streets anticipating his defeat.
One of such was one Sheikh Makbul Yusuf Karim Jerry Odhiambo who in an interview with a K24 reporter maintained that Awiti should be sent home.
The latter terms Awiti's leadership as a haven for graft where lunatic individuals take the chance to fleece the public of coffers supposed to be channelled towards development.
Unfortunately for him and people from the same school of thought, the Supreme Court sided with the Governor, observing that he was duly elected and is rightfully in office.
In a ruling read by Justice Jackton Ojwang, the court threw out the petition by former Kasipul Kabondo lawmaker and Awiti's main challenger Oyugi Magwanga.
The apex court faulted the lower courts for anulling Awiti's reelection, noting that the same infringes on the rights of the electorate who took their time to vote.
"It's evident that both courts erred in their rulings and the rulings cannot stand by annulling the reflection of the respondent. We are compelled by the law to uphold the electoral rights of the electorate," he said.
"The prayer by the petitioner for a new by-election is hereby disallowed. The election results will stand as was declared by the IEBC," added the judge.
Awiti was represented by lawyers James Orengo and Otiende Amollo who double up as Siaya Senator and Rarieda lawmaker respectively.
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