Blow to Karua as appeals court judges quit her poll case

Blow to Karua as appeals court judges quit her poll case

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Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua

Two appellate judges on Tuesday withdrew from an election petition filed by Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

Justice Fatuma Sichale and Sankale ole Kantai recused themselves from the case saying they have close ties with Karua.

They also said they are long time friends with the NARC Kenya Party leader.

Karua wants the Appellate court to overturn a High court ruling that upheld Waiguru’s win.

Justice Sichale told the presiding judge William Ouko that she has long-standing friendship with Karua since their stint at the Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA.

Justice Kantai said his ties with the petitioner date back to when she was still a practicing advocate and when she became the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister in the grand-coalition government.

The judges informed the court of their decision to withdraw when the appeal came up for directions on the hearing.

They said their involvement in the case would elicit perceptions of bias.

Karua moved to the Appellate court after the High Court in Kerugoya upheld Waiguru’s win on June 14 for lack of merit.

This was the second time the court dismissed the petition following a similar decision on November 15, 2017.

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