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Wambui admits link to Artur brothers

08 July 2013, 11:25 Wangui Joseph

A poll loser in Othaya constituency and a Nairobi based lawyer, Peter Gichuki King’ara, told High Court Friday that Othaya MP Mary Wambui had a link with the Artur Bothers’ saga.

Through his lawyer Mbobu Kyalo, King’ara said Wambui was mentioned in a parliamentary committee report in regard with the two men - Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan - who were later deported from Kenya in 2006.

However, the MP who appeared in court as witness during the petition’s proceeding did not deny the allegation; she said the two men were friends to her daughter Winnie Mwai.

The MP also refuted claims that she was not legible to vie for a parliamentary seat since she had not met the education threshold as provided in the constitution under the Elections Act.

Wambui said she is learned and was academically qualified as she announced that she had a diploma in Civic Education.

During a cross examination, the petitioner (King’ara) had said that does not have a post-secondary certificate alleging that she 'went to Munyange primary School where she scored poorly and later repeated in a Nanyuki school where she also performed more poorly'. He also claimed that 'no more education is known about her'.

Before Justice Jairus Ngaah, King’ara said there was a case filed by civil society in a Nairobi court challenging Wambui’s candidature in regard to her education and integrity. But he faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to inquire into the allegations.

The MP further denied allegations of having played a role in the 2007 post election violence. King’ara had said that Wambui was adversely mentioned in a Kenya Human Rights Commission (KNHCR) report which linked her to the 2007/08 election violence.

According to King’ara, it was alleged that Wambui funded and transported fire arms from Ethiopia to Kenya which were used during the skirmishes.

Wambui responded by saying that she has never been summoned or taken to court to answer the allegations concerning the violence. The hearing of the petition continues as more witnesses are expected to appear.

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