November 28th, 2017,
Jubilee party’s Member of National Assembly for Webuye West constituency Dan Wanyama’s election has been declared null and void by a High Court sitting in Bungoma and a by election ordered. Wanyama beat his former aide Philip Wamoto who contested on the Amani National Congress (ANC) ticket on the August 8 general elections. ANC is part of the National Super Alliance coalition whose leader is Musalia Mudavadi, a co-principal in the opposition coalition.
Dan Wanyama was one of the 8 legislators in western Kenya that won their seats on the Jubilee party ticket with the miraculous margin of 54% eliciting NASA’s dissatisfaction, which termed their win as computer generated popularly as ‘vifaranga vya Kompyuta.’ Wanyama becomes the first Member of National Assembly to lose his seat through a court case after the August 8 general election.
Following the August 8 general elections that the NASA coalition believed was flawed with lots of irregularities, a total of 308 election petitions were filed by many leaders against the winners in various courts throughout the country. 120 more cases compared to the 2013 general election which saw 188 petition cases filed in the courts. If election errors continue to be discovered by the courts in the filed petitions, Jubilee could potentially lose the advantage they enjoy in parliament that would make it even harder for them to pass legislations that they intend to pass without the support of the opposition parties.
Just a few days ago, the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) admitted that the Lamu senatorial election had arithmetic errors. The returning officer, Mohamed Adan told the court during the hearing of a petition challenging the election of Anwar Loitiptip as the county senator, that he used an Excel sheet which led to minor errors in the results for the individual candidates.
The petitioner, Hassan Albeity of the Wiper Democratic Movement – Kenya (WDM-K) claims the final results announced by IEBC were tampered with since at the time the results were announced by IEBC, he was leading with 196 votes but the electoral body declared Anwar Loitiptip the winner. Mr Albeity wants the court to nullify the elections and declare fresh senatorial election in Lamu County.
Another notable election petition filed with the High Court in the North Eastern part of the country is that of the former deputy speaker Hon Farah Maalim who is challenging the election of the Jubilee loud mouth Aden Duale as the Garissa Town Member of National Assembly.If the November 27, 2017 High Court ruling in Bungoma, that nullified election of Webuye West Legislator Dan Wanyama is anything to go by, the Jubilee party numbers in the National Assembly may continue to dwindle as the courts wind down on the election petitions before them.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be sworn for his second term in office at the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani on Tuesday, November 28, between 10am and 2pm as provided in the Kenyan constitution, in a ceremony that is costing the Kenyan taxpayer a whooping Kshs 384 million. The Assumption of the Office of President Act provides for the handover of power after the election of a new president and his deputy.
Among the notable world leaders expected to grace the occasion is the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu who due to security reasons however, is not expected to take part in the main inauguration ceremony at the Kasarani Stadium. He is rather expected to attend an event at the State house, where he will have a joint meeting with 10 African leaders that would include the presidents of Togo, Namibia and Botswana, the prime minister of Ethiopia and the vice president of Nigeria. He is scheduled to be on the Kenyan soil for just a few hours before flying back to Israel the same day.