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Supreme Court set to rule on key Raila ally's case tomorrow

Oliver Peter
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Homabay governor Cyprian Otieno Awiti. [Source/ Cyprian Awiti - Governor Homa Bay County/Facebook]

A close ally of the ODM party leader Raila Odinga is set to know his fate concerning a case challenging the outcome of the Kisumu Court of Appeal that nullified his election.

 Homabay Governor Cyprian Otieno Awiti is the man on the spot as the Supreme Court prepares to give a final verdict on the case.

The court delivered the ruling in August last year, before Awiti took his fight to serve his second term as Homabay Governor to the highest court in the land.

Before then, the Homabay High Court had in February 2018 nullified the governor’s re-election.

While delivering the ruling, Homabay High Court judge Justice David Majanja had indicated that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not conduct a free and fair election on August 8, 2017.

The initial case was filed by Governor Awiti’s main rival, former Kasipul Member of Parliament Joseph Oyugi Mangwanga.

The Supreme Court can declare that governor Awiti was validly elected hence putting an end to the long court battle in Homabay or uphold the High Court and Court of Appeal's decision to nullify his election.

If the second option carries the day, a fresh gubernatorial election will be held in the County.


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