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Julius Malombe fails to unseat Charity Ngilu as Kitui governor

The Court of Appeal has upheld the election of Charity Ngilu as Kitui governor.

Justices Roselyn Nambuye, Mohamed Warsame and Prof Otieno Odek on Thursday said in their judgment that the election of Mrs Ngilu met the constitutional and legal threshold.

“All in all we are satisfied that the Kitui gubernatorial election held on August 8, 2017 was conducted in accordance with the constitutional and legal principals and that the allegations raised do not meet the threshold for nullification of an election,” they said.

The judges said having scrutinised all the issues raised, “thoroughly and meticulously, we decline the invitation to nullify the said election”.

They said they were satisfied that Mrs Ngilu’s win, declaration and gazettement were legal and legitimate.

They also ordered the former Governor Dr Julius Malombe to pay the costs of the suit.

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