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Drama erupts during Joho's election petition

29 August 2013, 11:42 Rodgers Buluma

There was a heated moment in the Mombasa Law Courts after lawyers disagreed on the evidence a witness was to give in court, during Hassan Ali Joho's election petition case.

Kingsford Muriithi Rucha, a petitioner's witness in the case against Joho as the gubernatorial holder of Mombasa County was to table in court a report he claimed to have compiled after doing an analysis after the March 4th elections as evidence towards the claimed irregularities experienced in the elections.

Rucha, a lecturer in the School of Business at the University of Nairobi, was however not able to table the evidence after copies of the report that he had were different to those that the court and other court officers had.

The issue of the copies having not been consistent arose after the IEBC lawyer Kathrum referred the court to the document in order to clarify a point but no officer of the court was able to collaborate with him.

The difference led to the Joho’s Lawyer, Balala to file an application to have the evidence extracted from the court’s record as evidence.

The prolonged exchange in hush tones led to the presiding officer in the petition, honorable Justice Fred Ochieng to intervene and bring order in the court.

The applications having taken much of the court's time caused the court to fail to meet its target of completing the scrutiny of the petitioner's witnesses. The petitioner's lawyer was also fined for wasting the court's time and submitting the wrong records and had to pay the expenditures of the respondents for the day.

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