The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Court Told KNCHR Said Wambui Paid for PEV Guns

FOUR voters yesterday claimed in court that activist Mary Wambui had financed the purchasing of firearms from Ethiopia.

The four businessmen are opposing Wambui's bid to stand for MP in Othaya. They told High Court judge David Majanja that the allegations were contained in the KNCHR report on post election violence.

The court however stopped the line of argument after her lawyer John Khaminwa objected. "My lord, some of this information is just hearsay and should not be disclosed to the court until Wambui puts in her response," said John Khaminwa.

Micheal Nderitu, Silvester Muriithi, Daniel Karinga and Kiambati Kihumba asked Justice Majanja to issue temporary orders stopping TNA from nominating Wambui as the candidate for Othaya due to questions over her integrity.

They said that she has been adversely mentioned in both the Waki report on the 2007/08 post-election violence and the report on the activities of the Armenian brothers Artur Margaryan and Artur Sargasyan.

They said that the constitution provides that a leader should have unquestionable integrity. The Artur brothers led the raid on the Standard Group media on March 2, 2006 and were also linked to drug trafficking. They were eventually deported.

The four voters are also seeking orders to compel the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and Attorney General Githu Muigai to make the references to Wambui in the Waki report, the KNCHR report, and the Artur brothers report.

They also claimed that Wambui's academic qualification do not allow her to hold office of an MP because she never attended high school.

They claim in their affidavit that Wambui first sat for her Certificate of Primary Education in 1966 at Munyange Primary School and scored B-, C and C- in English, Mathematics and General Paper respectively.

They say she re-sat the exam in 1967 at Nanyuki DEB primary school and managed a score of B+, C- and D- in English, Mathematics and General Paper respectively.

Yesterday Justice Majanja certified the case against Wambui as urgent but declined to halt her nomination by TNA. The case will be heard on December 5 when Wambui is expected to respond.

Over the weekend Wambui defended her academic qualifications saying she was fit to become the next MP for Othaya.

"Let those people know that I have attained the relevant academic qualifications required to vie for the position of MP in the upcoming general elections. I was in school and finished it. Those who don't know that can go where they want. I'm not turning back," she told Gatugi residents while criss-crossing the constituency in her Range Rover.

"Today (Sunday), I spoke about my education due to emerging propaganda, though this is not what our campaign platforms should be about. I felt that the people of Othaya should stand confident when choosing to support my candidacy, as I have attained the relevant academic qualifications required to vie for the position of MP in the upcoming general elections," she posted on her Facebook site.

Earlier at Gachami PCEA church, Wambui urged political rivals to conduct peaceful campaigns free of insults and mudslinging.

She told the congregation that she helped the Kikuyu community with food and other materials during the post election violence and would do the same thing again if the situation recurred.

Parliamentary aspirant Nderitu Wamiitii dropped his ambitions and joined Wambui's camp. Wambui welcomed him at Gatugi trading centre and vowed to work with him for the sake of Othaya people.

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