Kombo dedicates petition win to his slain lawyer
01 October 2013, 19:57
Bungoma - Former trade local government minister, Musikari Kombo, who successfully filed an election petition against Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula that led to the nullification of the CORD Co-principal win, has hailed the high court for the ruling and dedicated his win to his slain lawyer, Wanyama Wanyonyi.
Speaking to journalists in Bungoma town after the ruling, Kombo said it was painful that though the court had given him victory, the man who drafted the case did not live to see the verdict of the case.
“I want to dedicate this victory to my late counsel who was laid to rest last Saturday, three days before a case he fought for was successful. It is sad that the late Wanyonyi tirelessly worked hard to see the petition sail through, but never lived to see the fruits of his labour,” mourned Kombo.
Wanyonyi was killed in cold blood two weeks ago outside his gate by unknown assailants who stole nothing from him. No arrests have been made in connection to the murder despite police assurance to bring his killers to book.
Kombo at the same time expressed optimism that Wetang’ula, who was found guilty of a serious election offence of bribing voters, will not be allowed to run for any elective seat as entrenched in the election act.
Section 67 1(a) of the Elections Act states, “A person who commits the offence of personation, treating, undue influence or bribery; commits an offence and is liable on conviction, in the cases specified in paragraph (a), to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years or to both, and in any other case, to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.”
Kombo expressed confidence in capturing the seat in the by-election.
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