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Nyeri voter, poll loser appeals Gachagua's petition win

13 September 2013, 11:28 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A gubernatorial poll loser and a Nyeri voter whose joint petition challenging Governor Nderitu Gachagua's election was dismissed have filed a notice of appeal.

Mathenge Thuo, who emerged third in the race on a Saba Saba Asili party ticket and Mwangi Kibicho, and a voter from Mathira constituency filed the notice before the Nyeri court of appeal on Thursday. 

In the notice the two have stated that they will be contesting Justice James Wakiaga’s verdict that upheld Gachagua’s election before the appellate court.

In the appeal, the two want the highest court to overturn the verdict that upheld the election of Gachagua and to also terminate a pending investigation into Mathenge’s alleged forged degree certificate.

Justice Wakiaga had in his judgment ordered the Director of public prosecution to investigate how Mathenge acquired a degree from Fairland University in Uganda without attending classes at the university.

 “Take notice that the petitioners intend to appear against such party of the said decision that decides against the petitioners and more specifically that the first respondent was validly elected,” read the notice signed by Lawyer Lucy Mwai for the petitioners.

In a press briefing after the verdict, Mathenge had vented out his dissatisfaction with the judgment accusing the judge over personal attacks on him.

The Court of appeal will resume sittings next week.

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