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King'ara calls for transfer of 'biased' Othaya IEBC official

07 April 2014, 16:35 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Peter Gichuki King’ara, the man who successfully petitioned against the election of Mary Wambui Munene as Othaya MP, is not yet done walking the corridors of justice.

He has now vowed to move to court seeking a compulsory transfer of the IEBC’s returning officer in the constituency, James Mutua Mbai.

King’ara argued that it is unacceptable to have ‘the person who messed up with last elections oversee a similar exercise’.

King’ara maintained that Othaya electorates had expressed their democratic will by electing him to be their MP but the will of the people was hijacked by Mbai who denied him victory and handed it to another person, Mary Wambui.

“I am too much concerned about the IEBC officials because they are the same people who have led to this by-election. My party plans to go back to court to ensure it is not the same officers who will man the exercise this time round,” King’ara announced after he was cleared by the commission.

“I wonder why IEBC has retained the same returning officer while there are so many people who can replace him,” King’ara added.

His remarks came amid assurance by the IEBC senior commissioner, Timothy Lentangule, that the election exercise would be fair.

"Were it not for his offences, there would be no waste of taxpayers’ money going back for a similar exercise,” he maintained.

He added that he has Mbai’s evidence in affidavits where he admitted in court that the last election in the area was marred with irregularities and malpractices.

In a rejoinder, central region IEBC coordinator, Patrick Odame stated that they will not replace or transfer their permanent employees based in Othaya.

Odame explained that it is only the returning officer who is permanently employed while the other staffs are hired on temporarily basis and thus they are not prepared to transfer the officer.

King’ara is vying for the seat on a Democratic Party (DP) ticket after he decamped from Grand National Union (GNU).

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