Petitioner wants Wambui's education credentials
10 July 2013, 11:59
Othaya constituency elections petitioner Peter Gichuki King’ara on Tuesday made an application to the High court requesting area MP Mary Wambui Munene to produce her education certificates.
The application was in regard to Wambui’s eligibility to contest for a parliamentary seat; King’ara argued that she did not meet the education threshold.
Through his lawyers Mbobu Kyalo and Kithinji Marete, King’ara said in the suit the MP’s integrity and eligibility to contest for the seat were issues for determination. He added that many issues regarding the MP have cropped up since the petition began.
During Tuesday’s cross examination, Wambui responded that she did her O level examinations in 2012 prior to the elections and also pursued a civic education course to enable her gain skills of serving the local residents. She maintained that she has never been convicted or charged with any criminal case.
Before Justice Jairus Ngaah, King’ara also applied for scrutiny and recount of total votes cast in the constituency during the March 4 elections claiming that there is some hidden truth in the ballot boxes.
However, King’ara took court’s attention when he intervened in Wambui’s cross examination on behalf of his lawyers claiming that he can also act on their behalf.
The court objected saying he should first sack his lawyers and then take over the mantle adding that everything had to be procedural.
“If he wants to represent himself then he should make an application because he appears nowhere in the lawyers’ quorum,” said the judge in a ruling.
King’ara had said he was a partner and senior counsel from the law firm representing him in the suit and therefore he could also ask questions in the matter.
The judge will make a ruling on the two applications next week while the parties are expected to have filed supplementary affidavits by June 15.
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